Moved Into A New Home With An Old Dryer? Two Common Problems You May Have With The Dryer


If you moved into a new home and the previous owners left behind some appliances, this can be very helpful for you. If one of these appliances is a dryer and the dryer is old, it may work fine for you. It could, however, start having problems due to its age. To help you, below are two of these problems so you will know what to do if anything happens to your dryer.

No Heat

If the dryer is running normally but is not heating up, this could be due to many things. First, it could be something as simple as a bad fuse. This is something you can check and repair on your own. Turn off the dryer and pull it out. Remove the back panel. You will see a thermal fuse that has wires attached to it. First, unplug all wires and then remove the fuse. If the fuse looks like it is broken, replace it. Take the old fuse with you to a home improvement or hardware store to ensure you purchase the same model.

If there is no problem with the fuse the heating coils may be bad. To check, remove the back panel. This should come off easily or you may have to remove a few screws. Once the panel is off, look for a part that has the letters RX or VOM. This is the heating coil. Remove all wires from the coil and press a pair of probes to each terminal. If any of the probes read a zero, then the coil needs to be replaced. You can purchase a pair of electrical probes at a hardware or home improvement store.

Drum Not Spinning

If you turn your dryer on and it will not spin, the problem is likely a broken belt. The belt is located under the top cabinet, but this does depend on the dryer model you have. Refer to the owner's manual to find this information.  If the belt is broken, replace it with a new one. Take the old belt with you to ensure you get the same type.

If the belt is not broken, the dryer may have a bad roller. A roller is what the drum sits on. Over time, the roller can get worn out and stop spinning the drum. If so, the roller will have to be replaced with a new one. The roller is found under the top panel.

If you cannot determine what is wrong with your dryer, take it to a dryer repair technician.


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