Your family is active in sports and the arts. You are running tirelessly from the sporting field to the
concert hall, karate, dance lessons etc.
There is hardly not enough time in the day to get to get the little-but-important things done.
Today, you think maybe, well not maybe… you have to get the laundry done. Your kids are super active in sports
and you are in and out of that laundry room like a fly to get your kids clean clothes for their activities.
Sometimes it seems like the best five seconds of your life is when your laundry basket is empty.
The kids should be home from various practices in a few hours but they will need clean gear for tomorrow.
The front loading washer is in its final high spin cycle and comes to a stop. You are right there when the door unlocks.
You carefully select a few pieces of clothing that you know the kids will need for tomorrow.
You pop the dryer door open and shove a load inside. You select the dry cycle, push the start button and the freaking
dryer won’t turn on. Damn it! this can’t be, not now, panic sets in. You think, maybe I should call a repair person. So you do,
repair help can’t get there for another two days. You are not a DIYer, well maybe your neighbor is but they are just as busy
as you are. what do you do to get your clothes dryer working as soon as possible?
Here is an article I just picked over at repairclinic.com. The article gives nine reasons why your dryer won’t turn on.
you owe it to yourself to check it out.
If your dryer won’t start, your first thought may be to call a repairman. But RepairClinic.com is dedicated to helping people like you troubleshoot and fix their appliances on their own. By the end you’ll have a working dryer, pride that you did it yourself and more money left in your wallet. Here are nine reasons your dryer won’t start:
Thermal fuseA thermal fuse is the most common dryer problem and usually due to a clogged dryer vent. It’s a safety device that protects your dryer from overheating. You’ll find the thermal fuse on either the blower housing or the dryer’s heat source: the heating element on an electric dryer or the burner on a gas one. It should show continuity or a closed circuit, meaning an electrical current can run through it. If the continuity is broken, your dryer won’t work. The easiest way to test for continuity is with a multimeter tester. If there’s no continuity, you’ll need to replace the thermal fuse and clean the dryer’s venting before starting it back up again.
Start switchIt’s somewhat simple to detect if a start switch is working. Try to start your dryer. If you hear a hum but it doesn’t start, then the start switch is okay. If nothing happens when you attempt to start your dryer, then you’ll need to check the continuity with a multimeter tester as described above. No continuity? Time to replace the start switch.
That clicking you hear when you shut your dryer’s door is the door switch. The clicking noise means it’s activating. If the door switch is clicking when you press it, then it’s probably functioning. If there’s no click, you’ll need to replace the door switch.
The drive motor is what makes the dryer’s drum turn and the blower wheel to work. If you’ve already checked reasons 1-3 above and these parts are all functional, but the dryer is still humming but not working, you’ll need to check the drive motor. Remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for any obstructions. If it’s obstruction-free, the motor is probably defective and needs replacing.