Nothing compares to a fresh, hot towel pulled straight from the dryer or warm, snuggly pajamas right before bed. Anyone who’s lived abroad, where hang drying clothes is the norm, can attest to dryers being sheer luxury—one that you shouldn’t have to do without. Your washer and dryer go together like peanut butter and jelly or cake and ice cream. What good is one without the other? If your dryer’s acting up or (worse) not acting at all, you might get away with a few loads dryer-free. However, hang drying your clothes and unmentionables on cabinet doors and shower rods gets old fast.
At Peter’s Appliance, our specialty is heating things up for our Provo, UT neighbors. Dryers can be finicky machines. Sometimes they stop working completely, fail to shut off (just when you’re in a rush to get to work) or the temperature is out of control. You want your clothes dried gently, not heat blasted and left scorched.
Going without a dryer is like showering without soap. Technically, you can get away with it—but it’s annoying and leaves you feeling not so fresh.
You Spin Me ‘Round (Sometimes)
One of the most common complaints is of a spinning drum with zero heat. That’s great if you’re drying a gym wear, but you should be in control of the heat (or lack thereof). This might be due to a bad fuse, faulty temperature switch, non-working thermostat, subpar heating coils or a timer on the blink. Basically, there are a lot of “minor” issues that could cause you this headache. Never try to fix a dryer yourself since one wrong move could be dangerous. Let Peter’s handle it.
Another common problem is a motor that runs, but a drum that doesn’t spin. The vast majority of the time the culprit is a broken belt, which is a pretty easy and cost-effective fix. However, it could also be a bad roller or a motor/idler pulley gone awry.
Are things heating up—a little too much? This is one of the most dangerous problems with clothes dryers and might be caused by a clogged vent, bad heating coils or faulty thermostat. If it’s a clogged vent, that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in the home, which is only detectable by a special sensor. In this case, get out and call professionals immediately. Bad coils and other malfunctions are also a leading cause of house fires.
Whether the dryer’s not working at all or it’s not working correctly, don’t take a gamble hoping for the best. After all, who wants a jelly sandwich without the peanut butter? Take care of your dryer and it’ll take care of you (and your skinny jeans).