When your dryer isn't working properly, check on these common malfunctions first:
Clothes not getting dry
Dryers use heated air to get your clothing dried, so if the airflow is compromised, your clothes can end up still damp at the end of the cycle. If you're having an issue with a dryer that's not drying, you'll want to double-check that the rear exhaust duct behind the dryer isn't crushed. Sometimes the appliance can get pushed back too far, pressing on the duct and restricting airflow.
In dryers that use a drive belt to turn the drum, worn or broken belts can mean the drum no longer tumbles. You can check on the condition of your belt by opening up the dryer's cabinet and inspecting both the belt and the idler pulley wheel. These parts generally wear at the same rate, so if one needs to be replaced, the other likely will as well.
Not starting at all
When your dryer just won't turn on, the first place to check is the thermal fuse. This safety feature is designed to blow if the dryer overheats, preventing the appliance from working. In most models, you can find the thermal fuse attached the the dryer's exhaust duct; open up the dryer's cabinet and test the fuse. If it's blown, replacing the thermal fuse should get your system up and running again.
For more information on these dryer repair tips, or to have our professionals work on your appliances, give Reliable Appliance a call!