Three Things To Check On A Broken Dryer


There are few things more frustrating and inconvenient than popping open your dryer door and finding a mass of soaking wet clothes after running it for a full cycle. Appliances should just work, and when they don’t, families are often caught in the lurch. 

We take dozens of calls per day with customers facing appliance issues. Luckily, dryers tend to be one the easiest appliances to troubleshoot over the phone, and we’re always happy to help a neighbor tackle an at-home repair on their own when possible. Here are a few of the most common repairs we help with, and whether you can safely and easily take them on yourself. 

The Dryer Is Unplugged. We aren’t kidding, and if this happens to you, don’t feel bad! It is incredible how often customers call with dryer issues that are as simple as checking the cord. While making sure the dryer is plugged in, you may also need to confirm the outlet is live and if the cord itself hasn’t frayed or been damaged. You should also check the circuit breaker in your home to make sure it hasn’t been tripped. 

Your Vent Is Clogged. This is one your mother would advise, too. We often see clogged and completely blocked lint screens, which can cause your thermostat to misread and shut off your heating element. Cleaning both your vent screen and the dryer vent hose in the rear of your dryer can cross another box off your checklist on basic fixes. 

Broken Parts. Dryers have multiple parts that can influence the effectiveness and function of your heating element. They include a thermometer fuse, the heating element itself, the timing motor, or internal power elements that could differ based on your electrical or gas energy source. While some homeowners may try to make these repairs themselves, professional service is often required. 

With more families spending more time at home, we’ve found that all appliances are seeing an additional strain over the past several months. Max’s Service has been working hard to provide timely, professional service safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re continuing to take the important steps necessary to keep our staff, our customers, and our community safe.


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