There’s nothing worse than running your dryer cycle, burning through electricity while you wait for the clothes to dry out, only to find wet clothing when the cycle has finished. While it can take some clothing, blankets, and towels longer to dry, if the clothing is just as wet after the cycle as before, it means there is something wrong with your dryer. Should you discover the dryer not drying your clothes, there are a handful of reasons as to why this might be happening.
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF A DRYER NOT DRYING?
There is no one issue that is more likely to lead to a dryer not drying your clothes. It really depends on the make and model of your device. You also need to perform general maintenance to prevent this from happening as well. However, should you find the dryer is not drying your clothes you do need to begin troubleshooting the dryer right away. Failure to dry your clothing can mean there is a blockage within the dryer (or within the vent leading away from the dryer). A sustained block within the dryer is a major fire hazard and something you need to correct sooner rather than later. In terms of the more common causes of a dryer not drying, here are the most common issues you’re likely to run into.
DRYER TOO FULL
In order for your clothes, towels, blankets, and anything else in the dryer to dry, there needs to be room for the dryer to rotate. This rotation turns the clothing, allowing whatever you have inside to receive equal drying. However, when the dryer is too full, it prevents the clothing from rotating. Due to this, the clothing towards the middle of the load will not dry. If you open the dryer and feel some damp clothing while other clothing is dry, this likely is the cause.
FULL LINT TRAP
Your lint trap needs to be cleaned out after every dryer cycle. In order to prevent fires or the burning of your clothes, the dryer will pull air out of the appliance and push it out the connected dryer tube, pushing it out of the house. The lint vent is where this takes place (and this is why the lint collects within the lint trap). If the lint trap becomes full, there is nowhere for the air to go and it gets trapped inside the dryer. This leaves moisture in the appliance, making it difficult to dry. It also opens up the possibility of burning your clothes.Due to this, you need to make sure to clean out your lint trap after every time you use it. Additionally, you need to remove the lint trap and check for any overflow lint in the appliance itself. By cleaning out your lint trap your appliance will run more efficiently, saving you money, while also reducing the chance of a possible fire from lint coming in contact with a hot surface.
When considering a dryer not drying, you need to keep in mind there is the possibility of components within the dryer breaking down. You are dealing with excessive heat, electricity, plus a number of moving parts within a dryer which all increase the possibility of component damage. It’s why a dryer usually has a shorter lifespan than the washing machine. So if the dryer breaks down and it has nothing to do with overfilling the appliance or a full lint trap, a malfunctioning component may be what’s causing the problem.
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IS THERE A NEED TO HAVE THE DRYER SERVICED WHEN IT IS NOT DRYING?
In terms of a dryer not drying, chances are you don’t need to have the dryer serviced. At least not right away. You’ll need to work your way through the troubleshooting steps to determine if you can correct the problem. However, if after going through the steps you are unable to correct the dryer not drying issue than you will need to contact a professional. So while there is the possibility of needing such a professional to stop by and service your appliance, there is a good chance you’ll be able to avoid this kind of situation.
TROUBLESHOOTING A DRYER NOT DRYING
There are several reasons that may actually cause your dryer to not dry properly. So whether the clothes are slightly damp when you’re done running a cycle, or the clothing is just as wet as when you started the load, here are 10 troubleshooting steps you need to follow.
1. CHECK THE LINT TRAP
Always check the lint trap. As long as you clean out the lint trap after every cycle, this shouldn’t be a problem.
2. REDUCE THE DRYER LOAD
The contents of your dryer need room to move and bounce about during a drying cycle. Overfilling your dryer will prevent this capability, which is why you may need to reduce the overall load you’re loading in the dryer. If you’re trying to dry a blanket that’s barely fitting, you should take it to the local laundromat instead. This will be much more efficient for larger, thicker objects, such as this.
3. SMELLING GAS
Do you smell gas at all when using your dryer (or when you’re around the appliance)? If so, it’s probably because your gas dryer has a loose connection with the gas line. In this instance, you need to turn off the gas (if possible) and check the gas connection. You should also contact a professional and have them come out to inspect the situation. Any kind of gas leak is serious. Not only does it expose you and everyone else in the house to gas fumes, but a single spark can lead to a massive explosion.
4. CLOGGED DRYER AIR VENT
Much like the lint vent inside the dryer, lint will push out of the dryer air vent hose at the rear of the appliance. Over time, this vent will become clogged, which bottlenecks the heat attempting to push out. A bent dryer air vent hose may also block the flow of air, similar to a bent garden hose. You need to check the hose, clean it out, and repair it if it is dirty or damaged.
5. DRUM NOT TURNING
If the drum in your dryer has stopped turning, you’ll notice the clothing does not spin and only part of the clothing is dry. This increases the chance of fire because clothing is in constant contact with the same heating elements. If the drum is not turning, it is because there is a broken drum drive belt. This needs to be replaced. You can try to do it on your own or you can bring in a professional to service it.
6. HUMMING SOUND BUT NOT RUNNING
If when you run the dryer all you hear is a humming sound it’s probably because the motor had overheated and overloaded. The appliance will still try to boot up, but if it doesn’t spin or heat up at all this is likely the reason. You will need to contact a repair specialist to come in and perform the motor repair.
7. DAMAGED FUSE
If the fuse is blown, the dryer isn’t going to work at all. This happens when there is a surge of electricity. The fuse will blow, which prevents the surge from further damaging the electrical configuration within the appliance, but it also prevents it from working. You’ll need to replace the damaged fuse. The damaged fuse is usually found within the inside of the rear panel of the dryer. You can replace this without much of a problem although you can contact a professional if you’d feel more comfortable.
8. DAMAGED HEATING ELEMENT
If the dryer turns on and there is no strange humming sound and it spins, but there is no heat, it is because of a damaged heating element. This can be tricky to repair on your own, so we recommend that you contact the professionals to handle this job.
9. NO POWER
Check the power outlet to make sure the electrical connection is secure. Some dryers tend to bounce around during a cycle which can lead to a power disconnection.
10. CONTACT A PRO
If after all of these troubleshooting steps you still have no idea what is causing the problem, you need to pick up your phone and contact a local professional.
At some point in time, when you own a dryer you will run into dryer complications. In most instances, you’ll be able to troubleshoot and correct the issue on your own. However, should you go through the troubleshooting steps and discover you still have not corrected the problem, then yes, you may need to bring in a professional. Whatever is causing the problem though, chances are you’ll be able to restore complete functionality of the dryer for far less than replacing the appliance. All you need to do is follow these tips and suggestions for when your dryer isn’t drying.