When was the last time you cleaned out the vent duct?
Here's a few things to check that most people can do on their own. Keep
in mind, that if you start taking the unit apart, you need to unplug the
unit first. We don't want anyone getting zapped!
things first. If you have a propane gas dryer, make sure you are not out
of gas! Go to the tank, lift the lid, look at the % gauge. If it's
pointing at 5% or less, you may be empty or about to run out of gas.
Order a gas delivery.
2) Another obvious tip. Check your lint
filter. It may be so clogged that your dryer can't breathe. Clean it.
Using a flashlight, look down into with the filter opening and see if
there is a lot of lint still inside. If so, try using a small vacuum
attachment and clean out lint. This applies to both gas and electric
3) Most gas dryers have either a small access
panel in the front or at the very least, a peep hole. Open the panel or
pop out the plastic peep hole cover so you can view the igniter. Turn on
the dryer and watch for orange glow at the burner. If it does not glow,
it will not light the gas burner. You may have a broken igniter and
will need to replace it or have a new one installed. If you do it
yourself, be sure to unplug the dryer and do not touch the very fragile
ceramic piece of the igniter.
You can confirm it is broken by
locating the broken piece below where it is attached or noting it is
missing a piece of ceramic on the igniter.4) This tip
applies to both gas and electric models.
Another thing you can do
is check for blockage in your vent. Unplug the dryer, and pull the unit
out as far as you can to get access to the back of the unit. Be careful
not to step on or kink the gasline. Pull the venting off the back of
the dryer. There is usually a squeeze clamp holding it on. Clean out
lint in dryer and from within the vent tube. Some cheap venting
are made of expandable plastic or aluminum and can get squished to the
point they restrict air flow. Make sure your vent is not collapsed and
doesn't get squished when you push the unit back.
Once you have
cleaned and reassembled it, plug it in turn on the dryer and watch for
ignition. If it lights, go outside to the vent cap and check for lint
there and make sure your vent flap opens with the hot air flowing out.
Clean and adjust as necessary. If you have a long vent tube like I have
on mine, then you should clean it out annually. I use a wind-up toilet
snake and crank it around knocking lint loose from the walls of the
vent. I can always tell when it needs to be cleaned again, when clothes
longer get dried in the first cycle. If you are unsure of, or unable to
perform this task, then you'll need to hire a repairman.
these are just the easy, quick fixes that most homeowners
can perform on their own. If none of these solve the problem, you will
need to troubleshoot further or hire a repairman. Hope this helps.