There are different types of dryers resulting in some being harder to repair than others, vented tumble dryers are often a less complex repair than a condenser dryer.
Heater and thermostat
The most common faults that occur within your dryer are to do with the heater and thermostat. To test which is at fault it is advised that you seek professional help when testing the heater element with an electrical meter. If it is the heater that happens to be faulting it will need to be replaced to get your dryer up and running again.
Often the thermostat may have tripped rather than breaking down, this can happen if the door has been opened before the dryers “cool down “phase has finished. To determine if this is the case you will need to call a technician to explore this issue further.
If you do not have sufficient airflow to your dryer the water vapour will have nowhere to release causing the dryer to stop working properly.
A condenser dryer passes air over a condenser, which then transfers into a water tank to be emptied manually once full. The difference between different types of dryer is that there is no need for an air vent when using a condenser dryer.
If you start to find your clothes aren’t drying properly causing you to increase the time of your drying cycle, you will no doubt notice a rise in you electricity bills. This problem could come down to airflow problems. It is recommended to clean your filters as this could also be adding to drying problems as blocked filters also reduce airflow.
One of the most common failures that are overseen on dryers is to do with the drive belt. The belt often snaps which could be due to overloading causing the load to be too heavy which stops the belt from moving. The motor pulley will still continue to spin, burning its way through the drive belt.
Drive belts almost always fail due to misuse of your appliance therefore they generally aren’t covered under warranty.
In order to prevent the drive belt from snapping as well as reducing risk of fire it is vital that you do not overload your dryer.
To find out more about dryers, read our clothes dryer risks article.