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Dryers that don't work

If a dryer doesn't work, chances are it is broken. If you do not have experience with dryers do not try to take it apart as you might break it, if not already broken. If it is new, see the warranty. Get help from an expert or buy a new one.

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How can i test my dryer to find out if the motor is bad


If the drum goes around, your motor is working.
If the drum doesn't go around, the belt could be off or broken, or the motor could be bad.
Try to listen for the motor starting up as you turn the dryer on. If it sounds like it is running (an initial 'bump' followed by a quiet hum), chances are it is a belt problem.
If you can't hear the motor running, or it is a loud buzz, or there is the smell of burning insulation or smoke, chances are your motor is bad.
It is also possible that the selector switch that controls everything is not turning the motor on (bad selector) or the overheat safety switch is malfunctioning, but these need to be tested by taking the dryer apart.

Nov 18, 2014 | Crosley CDE6000 Electric Dryer

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switch_bypass to dryer door


You will have to take apart the dryer. First UNPLUG IT from the wall. Then pry up the top, gently - it is pressed on with plastic push screws. The top should fold all the way backwards, have something to support it so it doesn't break off. You should be able to see the switch now close to the top, inside the dryer. Unplug both wires then connect them. You can either electrical tape them together or hard wire them. Be sure the wires do not dangle too low as to touch anything. Tape up all connections on the wires. Replace the top, plug in and it should work.

Oct 21, 2011 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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taken to long to dry


IF ELECTRIC

Check the following areas thoroughly to address this issue.


1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.

IF GAS

HI, Check the following to address this issue further.

Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat. These thermostats are located in the dryer vent duct and sometimes mounted on the blower assembly as well.

Aug 21, 2009 | LG Dryers

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does not completely dry clothes in the time it used to


For Electric Dryers, check the following---


1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.


For Gas Dryer, Check the following---


Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

Jun 01, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

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my kenmoer 80 series dryer has heat but doesnot dry


1. VentingMake sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.


Nov 13, 2008 | Kenmore 659 Electric Dryer

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