Frequent Dryer Issues
Dryer heating issues
Most heating problems are airflow issues. Proper airflow is important to cycle in dry hot air and remove cold wet air. Here are a few places to check for impacted airflow:
Lint trap – Be sure to clean the lint trap after every load of laundry. If you use dryer sheets, an invisible membrane may develop over your lint trap. Run the trap under water. If if the water doesn’t flow, clean the trap with soap and water until it does.
Air duct – Check the air duct behind the unit for any signs of pinching or crimping. This happens when the dryer is pushed too close to the wall. The air duct also collects lint that bypasses the lint trap, so it should occasionally be disconnected and cleaned with a vacuum.
Outside vent – Check the area outside vent for blockages. This might be an object placed against the wall or lint collecting on the screen.
Dryer is noisy/vibrating
Noise is the number one complaint about dryers. Typically, this is caused by vibration. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to reduce vibration.
Lower is better – Raise the feet on your dryer as much as possible to set it lower to the floor. This reduces potential vibration.
Clear around dryer – Create an open space around the dryer. Vibration is magnified by contact with other objects including washers, walls, or cleaning tools.
Balance – Check the balance on your dryer with a level. Even a minor imbalance can lead to operational noise.
Vibration pads – Most hardware stores sell vibration pads designed to absorb the kinetic energy of vibration and reduce noise.
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