Appliance RemovalThe average lifespan of a clothes dryer runs between 10 and 13 years, according to Consumer Reports. (There is some discrepancy between electric-powered and gas-powered models of about a year.) But, a machine doesn’t necessarily perform for this period of time. A clothes dryer might only last 5 to 7 years. After all, there’s no guarantee and of course, this depends heavily on use.
While we can always dry laundry on a clothesline or a drying rack, a gas or electric clothes dryer has become a staple in most homes. When it stops working correctly, there are some common dryer problems that you may be able to solve yourself without calling a repair technician. —The Spruce.comSome machines last nearly two decades or just over before appliance removal is necessary. But, here again, it depends on the make, model, and use. (As well as any exposure to the outside elements as many of these appliances are placed in non-climate controlled spaces, like garages. So, there are even more variables that ultimately impact performance and span of life.
Clearwater Clothes Dryer TroubleshootingIf you experience problems with your clothes dryer, you don’t necessarily need to call a repair technician. Although, if you’re not comfortable with troubleshooting it, rely on an experienced technician. However, you can do the following:
- No power. If the dryer won’t turn on, check the circuit breaker to see if it’s tripped to the neutral position. Should the breaker still be in the “On” position, check the power cord to ensure it’s plugged in. Lastly, check the door switch — this is one of the most common reasons a clothes dryer won’t start.
- Unusual noises. Strange noises cause concern because they are a telltale sign that something is awry. However, most have a simple explanation. First, check the level of the machine. If it’s off, that’s probably the reason. You can also check for loose coins and other objects. (Keep in mind, balled-up clothes or towels can cause a thumping noise.)
- Clothes do not dry. Clean the lint trap and remove the lint from inside the machine. Also, check the dryer vent to ensure it’s not blocked. And, do not overload the appliance.
- Takes more than one cycle to dry. If it takes more than one cycle to dry, it could be the heating components, like the thermostat or another part.