What You Can Do If Your Dryer Isn't Drying

Posted on: 1 May 2023

A dryer that doesn't dry is just a hunk of metal that is wasting the space in your home. If your dryer isn't drying, it isn't doing you any good at all. Hanging up your clothing outside is going to get old over time, not to mention that your clothing isn't going to be as soft being dried outside, and it could get damaged by weather and other elements. When your dryer doesn't dry, there are a few things that you can do yourself to get it working again. Read on for some tips to help guide you.

Clean Out All Of The Dryer Lint

All of the dryer lint built up in your dryer may be what is causing the issues with your dryer not drying properly. If it's full of lint, it isn't going to be able to get enough airflow to the dryer in order to properly dry your clothing. Clean the lint out of the lint trap, but if you've allowed too much to build up, you may have lint all over the inside of the dryer. You need to open up the panel on the dryer to see the inside of the drum and to see the motor. Use the extension hose on the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the lint that you see. You may also need to remove the dryer vent and clean it out as well. Not only will the lint not allow your dryer to dry properly, but it may also be a fire hazard. Remember to empty the lint trap in your dryer after every single load.

Check For Heat

If your dryer runs but you don't have any heat, the problem could be the ignition on the appliance. Your appliance may need a new ignition. Take off the main panel and start the dryer. If you don't see the pilot light or the flame ignite to heat the dryer, the problem could be the ignition switch. You may need to change the ignition. If the pilot lights, it ignites and it doesn't stay lit, the problem could be with a fuse. You may need to change the fuse on your dryer to get it running properly.

If your dryer isn't running properly, you may be able to do a few things yourself to get it working to dry your clothing properly. If you are unable to get it working yourself, call a residential dryer repair company to get it working again.