Why Dryers Will Not Dry Clothes or Produce Heat
|By Dave Rongey - Summary:
How to Find Out Why Dryers Will Not Dry Clothes or Produce Heat: Why is my clothes dryer is turning but not heating and not drying the clothes?
Clothes Dryer Problems
- I have had a certified dryer tech check the dryer and all is well.
- I have had an electrician check the dryer plug which is getting 220 volts to the plug.
- The electrician checked the dryer while running and it is getting 220 volts to it while running.
- I also tried another known good dryer, but still no heat.
- I had the electrical box connections checked and there is a new breaker connected for the spot in the box for the dryer.
- What should we check next?
This electrical wiring question came from: Keith, a Homeowner from Wood River, Illinois
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Keith.
The Cause of Dryers that Do Not Heat or Dry Clothes
Common Dryer Problems that Prevent a Dryer From Heating and How to Fix Them
- Blocked or Clogged Air Ducts
- If you are absolutely sure that the dryer is getting the required 220/240 volts then the next item to check would be the air duct to make sure it is not blocked or obstructed.
- Air Flow Switches and Safety Switches
- All dryers have built in sensors that will prevent the unit from heating or over-heating if there is not enough adequate air flow.
- Inspect the Dryer Vent and Vent Cover
- The average dryer vent system should be inspected or cleaned at least once a year due to the amount of lint that can collect and get trapped.
- The cover over the end of the dryer vent typically located on the outside wall of the home should be inspected and cleaned to remove any build up of lint.
- Lint Buildup Problems and Potential Fire Hazards
- A collection or build up of lint can cause be a potential fire hazard, but even a partially blocked dryer vent system can prevent the dryer from working efficiently which can definitely cost more to operate, causing higher energy or electricity bills.
More about Electric Clothes Dryers
- Wiring a Dryer
- See an electric dryer installation with a typical 220 Volt electric power cord wiring system.
- You may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer, or a 3-wire or 4-wire outlet.
- Lets look a how the electric dryer is wired and what to do if your cord does not match the plug.
- Electrical Wiring and Circuit Protection using Circuit Breakers
- A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
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