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Do These 3 Things and Your Dryer Will Work for More than 12 Years

Do These 3 Things and Your Dryer Will Work for More than 12 Years 18 Nov

A dryer is an important part of many people’s homes, but sometimes it can be overlooked when looking at a potential place of residence. As this is the case for most people, the problems that come with a dryer, along with the methods that can be employed to extend a dryer’s quality of life, are also ignored or not thought of. A dryer is a machine or device used to dry various items that would fall into the category of laundry. Laundry can consist of clothes, towels, bedsheets/comforters, and footwear. All dryers use some combination of heat, air, and motion to dry the laundry. A dryer can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane gas. Most dryers are powered by electricity, which uses heating coils, like ones found in ovens or hot water tanks.

An electric current is sent through the coil, which in turn, begins to heat up. The heat is then pushed forward to the dryer compartment by a fan or blower. Natural or propane gas dryers have a similarity with an oven as well, as they both have a pilot light, which ignites the gas. The heat caused by the ignition of gas causes metal plates throughout the dryer to also rise in temperature. Just like an electric dryer, the heat is then pushed into the laundry compartment by a fan or blower. An important thing to note is that even though gas heats the dryer, electricity is still needed to power the other components of the dryer.

All the power-variant dryers use thermostats or thermal fuses to regulate the temperature within the dryer. This is important because, not only does it stop the dryer from overheating, it also allows the user to know what the temperature of the dryer is throughout the process. Now that we know how a dryer works, it is time to discuss the problems that can arise from the consistent, reliable use of any dryer. If problems do arise, there are many reliable, affordable dryer repair services out there to get replacement parts or more complicated repair jobs done.

The first problem is that many dryers, regardless of how they are powered, can make strange noises or vibrate constantly. This is usually caused by a failed dryer drum seal. The level of disturbance will generally range depending on where the dryer is within someone’s home and the surface the dryer sits on, whether it be wood flooring, carpet, etc. It can also be made worse by running against foreign objects, which will create friction and more vibration. It can also be made worse by overfilling the dryer compartment with laundry.

The second problem is that the dryer will run but never heats up. This is usually because of a faulty thermal fuse or thermostat that cannot accurately read the temperature of the dryer compartment properly. Other causes may be blocked ventilation and/or clogged lint screens.

The third problem that can arise is that the dryer will not run. This too can be caused by a faulty thermal fuse or thermostat, blocked ventilation, and/or clogged lint screens. It can also be caused by a broken power outlet or a blown fuse.

The fourth problem that can exist is the lack of dryness in the laundry when it is supposedly finished. The same instances from the two previous problems can cause this; the ventilation not working properly because of a clogged lint screen, an inconsistent thermal fuse, and because of the possibility of these two problems, a lack of energy being generated in order to create enough heat to adequately dry the laundry.

The fifth and final problem is the dryer running properly, with heat, but shutting off before the timer stops. This can be caused by several things, some larger and more severe than others. In some cases, it is the usual three things from the previous three problems. Other times it can be caused by incorrect wiring of the dryer, a faulty electrical panel, or, in the case of newer, smart dryers, an incorrect reading by the dryer’s artificial intelligence.

Now that we know the problems and the reasons they exist, we can look at how to curve these problems, and extend the lifespan of any dryer.

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The first, most important thing is to not overload your dryer compartment. A full load of laundry is already hefty and puts a solid amount of strain on any dryer; because of this, laundry takes longer to dry and uses more energy. So, going over the limit increases that strain immensely, as the dryer was only designed to hold a certain amount of laundry.

The second thing is continuously cleaning the lint screen. If the lint screen is forgotten about, like overloading, the dryer will use more energy to dry the laundry because the fan or blower must work harder to push heat through the ventilation system.

The third tip to extending a dryer’s lifespan is to use it moderately. Do not overuse your dryer. If you have a business centered around laundry, then buy two or three dryers, it will cost more in the short term, but in the long run, it will save a lot of money.

Sometimes, under rare circumstances, a dryer will breakdown regardless of how it is treated throughout its lifespan, but for most dryers, proper maintenance goes a long way in making sure it will continue to dry laundry efficiently and properly for many consistent years.

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