A dryer is an essential appliance in any home—when you have multiple loads of laundry, being able to dry them fast is important. Thus, it can be very frustrating when your dryer is not working like it should. The good news is that many dryer problems can be repaired by appliance repair services, so you won't necessarily need to replace your dryer just because it isn't running right. The key is knowing when your dryer is in need of repair so you can have it fixed before it is permanently damaged. Some common signs that your dryer needs to be repaired include:
Drying Cycle is Longer than Normal
After owning a dryer for a period of time, you tend to know how long it takes to completely dry a normal load of laundry. If you notice that your dryer is taking longer and longer to get your clothes dried, it is time to have it looked at by an appliance repair technician. There are a number of components that can wear out and cease to work, which leads to a longer drying time, but in most cases, faulty components in the dryer can be replaced and drying cycle times will return to normal.
Drum Inside Dryer Won't Spin
It can be alarming to turn on your dryer and discover that the drum won't spin. While this can seem like a major problem, it does not mean that the dryer needs to be replaced. When a dryer drum won't spin, it is often because a belt has broken. An appliance repair technician will be able to open up your dryer, find the broken belt, and install a new one that will work properly.
If your dryer emits a burning smell during a drying cycle, you need to act quickly. This smell usually occurs when the dryer does not have proper ventilation because the dryer hose is clogged or full or debris. Do not continue to run your dryer if you detect a burning smell, as doing so can cause it to overheat, and in extreme cases lint or flammable fabrics can catch on fire. Another sign that your dryer may have a ventilation problem is clothing that is too hot to touch when it comes out of the dryer. You will need to contact an appliance repair company to detach the dryer hose and clean it out so your dryer ventilates properly.