Why Dryers Will Not Dry Clothes or Produce Heat
Electrical Wiring Question from Keith in Illinois: Why is my clothes dryer is turning but not heating and not drying the clothes? How to Find Out Why Dryers Will Not Dry Clothes or Produce Heat.
Clothes Dryer Problems
Electrical Question: Why is my clothes dryer is turning but not heating and not drying the clothes?
- 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.
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