How to Troubleshoot an Estate Clothes Dryer

Estate manufactures low-cost but reliable washers and dryers.

An Estate dryer is only useful if it is working, however, and even top-of-the-line dryers occasionally have problems. If your Estate gas or electric clothes dryer isn't drying clothes like it should, or isn't working at all, it's time to do some basic troubleshooting. Learning quick and easy troubleshooting tips can potentially save you the trouble, and the cost, of calling a repair service.

Check the power supply. Make sure the dryer is plugged into a proper dryer outlet. Estate electric dryers require a 240-volt power supply while gas dryers require a standard 120-volt power supply. Also, check your fuse box to make sure a fuse hasn't blown or a circuit breaker hasn't been tripped.

Check some common problems. If you have power but the dryer still won't operate make sure the dryer door is firmly closed. Ensure you have selected the correct cycle, and press the start button firmly. Make sure your load is not balled up or too large. Separate the load to ensure it can tumble freely, or dry a smaller load.

Check the gas supply. If you are using an Estate gas dryer, make sure the the shut-off valve on the gas supply line is open. If the line is closed, the dryer may tumble, but there will be no heat to dry your clothes.

Clean the lint screen. If the lint screen is clogged, your Estate dryer will not dry efficiently. Locate the lint screen at the top of the dryer and slide it out of the slot. Using your fingers, roll the lint off of the screen and replace the screen. Do this before every load.

Level the dryer. If your Estate dryer is vibrating excessively, make sure it is level. Prop the dryer up on a wooden block and adjust the four legs at the base of the dryer until it is level. Use a carpenter's level to verify your Estate dryer is level.

Clear the exhaust vent. Make sure the exhaust pipe and vent is clear of lint and debris. Also, make sure the vent isn't too long or has too many turns, as that can increase drying times.

Contact Estate Customer Support. If none of the previous tricks work, it is time to contact Estate. Call Estate's customer support line at (800) 253-1301 or go to www.estateappliances.com/support/.

Things You Will Need

  • Carpenter's level
  • Wood block

Tip

  • Clean the lint screen before every load and periodically check the vent for clogs

Warning

  • If you have a gas dryer, keep flammable materials away from the dryer at all times

About the Author

Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on eHow.com and Travels.com.