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  • Appliances Repair in VA

  • Appliances Repair in VA
    It doesn’t work at all
    1. No power to the dryer
    Make sure there’s power getting to the dryer. Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for power with a voltmeter or by plugging something else in.

  • Appliances Repair in VA

  • Appliances Repair in VA
    2. Door switch / Door switch actuator lever
    The dryer would not start with a broken door switch. Replace the door switch if found defective.

    Most dryers have a door switch actuator lever – when you close a dryer door, it presses against the lever, which actuates the door switch. If the lever is broken, the switch would not activate and the dryer would not start. Replace the lever, if broken.

  • Appliances Repair in VA

  • Appliances Repair in VA
    Note: Door switch actuator lever usually comes with the door switch assembly and it is recommended to get the whole assembly since there is almost no price difference between the door switch assembly and just the lever. Check your model for more details.

  • Appliances Repair in VA

  • Appliances Repair in VA
    3. Thermal fuse
    Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

  • Appliances Repair in VA
  • Appliances Repair in VA
    Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.

    4. Timer
    Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).
    Appliances Repair in VA
    Appliances Repair in VA
    There’s no heat
    1. Gas valve coils
    Igniter glows, then shuts off without igniting gas – the problem is probably with defective coils (black, located on top of the gas valve). It is recommended to replace all coils (usually two or three) if found defective.
    Appliances Repair in VA
    Appliances Repair in VA
    Note: Sometimes the whole gas valve may be defective, thus not letting the gas out. However, this problem is not common.

    2. Thermal fuse
    Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

  • Appliances Repair in VA
  • Appliances Repair in VA
    Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.

    3. Igniter
    Igniter may burn out or break. Replace the igniter if found defective.

    Note: Igniters are very fragile and break easily. It is recommended to handle the igniter only touching the ceramic part of it (usually white in color).

  • Appliances Repair in VA
  • Appliances Repair in VA
    4. Flame sensor (or radiant heat sensor)
    Replace the sensor (located near the igniter) if found defective.

    It takes to long to dry
    Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

    1. Venting
    Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.
    Appliances Repair in VA
    Appliances Repair in VA
    Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.
    Appliances Repair in VA
    2. Thermostat
    There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer’s performance. Replace the defective thermostat.
    Appliances Repair in VA

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