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Troubleshooting Frequent Clothes Dryer Problems

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Even though clothes dryers can usually outlast a washing machine, they do still tend to have a few problems. To better understand how to perform some of the most common fixes, it is a good idea to get to know some of the more common problems and their causes. Here are a few frequent issues that may come up with your clothes dryer. 

Problem: The dryer makes a scraping sound when it is in motion. 

Cause and Solution: The tell-tale scraping sound coming from your dryer when you try to dry clothes will definitely let you know that you have issues with the drum supports wheels. The drum support wheels rest just beneath the tub in the rear of the dryer. In order to get to the wheels, the face plate of the dryer, the belt, and the tub itself will have to be removed. In some cases, the wheel just slips out of place, but in most cases, the bearing that supports the wheels has become damaged and both parts will have to be replaced. 

Problem: The dryer powers up, but will not provide heat to dry your clothing. 

Cause and Solution: One of the more common problems, no heat will typically mean that the heating element of the dryer has failed. Thankfully, this is an easy fix with most models, only requiring that you remove a few bolts from the back panel, remove the damaged element, and replace with a new one. However, if you have a more modern dryer, the heating element may rest over the top of the rotating drum, which can be incredibly difficult to get to without causing damage to the digital control panel of your appliance. Therefore, it is a good idea to contact an appliance repair professional for help. 

Problem: The dryer drum will not turn. 

Cause and Solution: If you turn the dryer on and it sounds like it is trying to run, but the drum will not turn, there is a good chance the belt that turns the drum wheels has either slipped off or broken. The belt is also in the rear of the dryer and will require a fair amount of disassembly to repair. 

If you are having issues with your dryer, talk to an appliance repair company like Ross Appliance Services for advice about what steps should be taken for repair. In most cases, a non-functioning clothes dryer can be repaired instead of tossed out as junk.