Dryer Maintenance!

Dryers should be cleaned and maintained on a yearly basis.  Build-up of lint and other media can collect at the bottom of the dryer, and potentially cause a fire.  Here is a dryer that had not been cleaned for a number of years:

And this is what it should look like with the lint removed:

Dryer Tips

Dryers make life so much easier! Way better than the “clothes line” days! However, when they have problems, it can sometimes be a challenge to troubleshoot! Before the tech comes, there are a few tips and tricks a person can try!

Common problems with dryers:

Q:  The dryer doesn’t start or make any noise – what should I check?

A:  Make sure the dryer is plugged in and turned on

  • Does the dryer require a 240 volt receptacle? (Most do)
  • Check to see if door is fully closed
  • Check that the correct cycle is selected and that the timer is advanced accordingly
  • Check receptacle – make sure there is power to it
  • If receptacle is dead, check the circuit breaker or fuse


Q:  Dryer is noisy or runs but does not tumble

A:  Some noises are caused by objects bouncing around inside the drum – check for this

A worn or defective drum belt, idler pulley, support roller or worn motor can also be a potential cause – call for service


Q:  Dryer takes too long to dry – what do I check?

A:  This problem is often caused by the dryer’s vent being blocked with lint.  Dryers need to be properly vented, otherwise the moisture in the air cannot be properly carried away.  Check for the following:

  • Check the lint trap and clean it
  • Be sure the dryer is not pushed so close to the wall that it pinches off the airflow through the vent’s air duct hose
  • Check the point where the air duct vents away from the house
  • If needed, clean out the duct work from the dryer to the exterior wall where it vents

Source: Information provided from http://www.hometips.com/home_probsolver/hps03/04_dryer/hps_dryer01.html

Washing Machine Tip #1

Q: Wash machine does not work and makes no noise – what can I check?
A: Check that the washer is plugged in securely
Check the circuit breaker or fuse box
Test the outlet for current
Check that the water supply valves are turned on
Inspect the filter screens
Test for overheating
Test the water level switch
Test the timer control
Test the lid switch
Test the water inlet valve
Inspect the water pump
Test the centrifugal switch
Test the motor

Appliance Assist

This little website – Applianceassist.com – is an excellent resource for watching videos, viewing manuals, and getting appliance troubleshooting help! You can find things about what to look for when purchasing appliances, buying guides, appliance repair videos, service manuals on various brands, and even how electricity works!

Check out this cool site!

DIY Help!

Here is a nifty little site to help you resolve issues with your appliances!  Check out http://www.appliancerepair.net/  – it has a lot of information on Top-Loading washing machines, clothes dryer, refrigerators, dishwasher, desktop or wall oven and stove / range!

These are just a few appliances being discussed – check out what appliance repair net has to offer in advise; it may save you some $$$!