The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog
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The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog

Welcome to my blog. When it comes to taking care of appliances, it can be an art. You have to use them correctly, know how to look for signs of trouble and understand how to do simple repairs. Hi, my name is Kelsey, and in this blog, I am going to write everything I know about appliances and related topics. This is my first blog, but I have written in many other types of venues before -- I'm even old enough to have had a 'zine (if you can believe that). I live with my husband, my three daughters, and our dog. Cleaning pet hair of of the dryer and repairing blades on the blender has become my specialty over the years. Enjoy reading!

The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog

When Your Dryer Stops Drying: 3 Potential Solutions To Explore

Leevi Saari

Doing laundry is an all-too-frequent chore in most households. In fact, according to recent statistics, the average family does between 8 and 10 loads of laundry per week. With each load requiring just slightly less than 1.5 hours to both wash and dry, this means that laundry is taking up 12 to 15 hours of time each and every week.

With this amount of usage, it is no wonder that laundry appliances — especially clothes dryers — occasionally stop working correctly. If the one in your home has suddenly stopped doing its job to provide you with properly tumble-dried clothing and linens, here are three potential causes of that failure that you can explore. 

Clogged filters and vents

One common reason for a dryer's lack of satisfactory performance is often found to be a clogged lint screen or dryer vent that prevents the humid air from being properly exhausted during the drying cycle. Without this necessary airflow, humidity levels inside the dryer stay high and clothing remains moist. If your dryer seems to be taking longer and longer to dry or is just tumbling and warming the clothing without removing all of the moisture, taking time to check and clean both the lint screen and the dryer vent may be all that is needed to solve the problem. 

Hose issues 

Most dryers have a collapsible hose that connects the dryer to the vent where the air is exhausted from the home. If the dryer has been moved in such a way that this hose has become pinched or crushed, it can no longer exhaust the moist air from the drum and allow clothing to dry properly. Additionally, lint and other debris can sometimes become lodged inside the collapsible vent hose and may build up to fully obstruct the flow of air. Homeowners who visibly see that the vent hose is not crushed or restricted should remove the hose and clean the interior to see if an obstruction may be causing their dryer to malfunction. 

Heating elements and thermostats

Failed heating elements and thermostats are two additional reasons for a dryer to malfunction and cease to properly dry laundry. Since both of these components will require opening the appliance's case, attempting a DIY repair should only be done by homeowners who have the tools and skills to diagnose and make the repair. 

Homeowners who lack the tools, knowledge, or time required to properly diagnose and repair a malfunctioning clothes dryer can rely on a reputable appliance repair service to handle all aspects of the repair process. Contact an appliance repair service provider in order to learn more.