When it's time to run the dryer after you have washed your clothes, you might notice that it takes awhile for your dryer to heat up. This can be very frustrating and is also a sign that there is something very wrong with your dryer and that will need to be fixed.
Defective Heating Elements
Dryers heat your clothes with the heating element. Therefore, if there is something wrong with the heating element, your dryer won't be able to dry your clothes properly. Fortunately, a heating element can be tested by a multi-meter for continuity.
The most common reason why a dryer is not heating up is that it is simply not plugged in. Many homeowners hire appliance repair technicians only to find that the plug has somehow popped out of the outlet. If the cord is plugged in, something might be wrong with the cord itself.
Your dryer might not be receiving the right voltage. This is often a problem if your dryer has never been able to heat your clothes effectively. Some appliances, such as dryers, need a higher voltage to get the job done. Also, make sure that there are no fuses that are blown and that the circuit breaker is in the right position.
If your dryer relies on gas, make sure that there is gas flow. Also, make sure that there is not a clogged vent, which might interfere with the ability of the gas-powered dryer to deliver heat to your clothes to dry them. Make sure that there are no blocked vents and clean out the filter of lint and debris.
A Blown Thermal Fuse
A dryer comes with a part known as a thermal fuse. Once the thermal fuse has been blown, you'll need to replace the fuse with a new one. Fortunately, you may test the thermal fuse after opening the dryer cabinet.
A Defective Timed Motor
Your dryer comes with a timer motor that can become defective. After the motor has been tested, if it is not properly drying your clothes, you may need help from an appliance repair technician to repair or replace your motor.
A Problem That Can't Be Determined
If you still aren't sure why your dryer is not heating your clothes properly, contact an appliance repair technician. Oftentimes, it's difficult to correctly and safely diagnose and fix problems with a dryer without professional knowledge and experience.
Contact a company such as J & M Appliance for more information.