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Troubleshooting Clothes Dryer Repairs

Safety Tip: Before doing any work on your dryer, pull the plug. Turn off the gas supply to a gas dryer, at ether the appliance shutoff or the main shutoff valve. Should you smell gas, get out of the house immediately. Note: Appliance models vary; see your owner's manual for information specific to your dryer.
 
Drum doesn't rotate, though dryer turns on
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Defective start switch, door switch, or timer
  • Loose or broken drum belt
  • Loose or broken idler pulley or spring
  • Defective support roller, centrifugal switch, or motor
 
  • Let a professional replace start switch, door switch, or timer
  • Tighten loose belt
  • Let a professional replace broken belt
  • Let a professional replace idler pulley or spring
  • Let a professional replace support roller, centrifugal switch or motor

  • Contact A-Robinson
Dryer doesn't heat, though drum rotates
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Defective temperature control or timer
  • Defective over heat protector
  • Electric: Power off
  • Electric: Defective heating element
  • Gas: Pilot light out
  • Gas: Defective electric pilot
  • Gas: Incorrect air-gas ratio
 
  • Replace temperature control or timer
  • Replace overheat protector
  • Electric: Check fuse or circuit breaker
  • Electric: Let a professional replace heating element
  • Gas: Let a professional relight or replace flame switch
  • Gas: Let a professional replace pilot
  • Gas: Let a professional adjust shutter on burner

  • Contact A-Robinson
Clothes don't dry
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Clogged lint trap or exhaust duct
  • Worn door seal
  • Gas: Incorrect air-gas ratio
 
Dryer runs noisily
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Worn drum belt
  • Defective idler pulley or support roller
  • Loose blower
  • Worn motor bearings
 
  • Let a professional replace drum belt
  • Let a professional replace idler pulley or support roller
  • Tighten setscrew holding blower to shaft
  • Replace bearings or motor

  • Contact A-Robinson
You can't turn the dryer on
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Open door
  • No power reaching the outlet
  • Loose motor wiring
  • Damaged door switch
  • Defective centrifugal switch
  • Defective wiring between the outlet and the terminal block
  • Defective timer
  • Defective motor
 
  • Shut the door again
  • Check the fuse box/circuit breaker
  • Tighten the electrical connections
  • Check the switch and replace it if necessary
  • Check the timer and replace if necessary
  • Call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
The motor runs but the drum doesn't turn
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Blocked drum
  • Broken drive belt
  • Broken idler wheel assembly
  • Work support wheel
 
  • Open the unit and look for any obstruction around the drum
  • Replace the belt
  • Check the assembly and replace if necessary
  • Check the wheel and replace if necessary
  • Call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
The drum turns but nothing gets dry
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Clogged lint trap or exhaust vent
  • Defective safety thermostat is defective
  • Defective heating element
  • Defective timer
 
  • Unclog lint trap or exhaust vent
  • Replace safety thermostat
  • Replace heating element
  • Replace timer
  • Call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
It takes too long to dry a load
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Clogged lint trap or exhaust vent
  • Overloaded dryer
  • Clothes that are too wet
  • Loose fan
  • Damaged door gasket
 
  • Clean the trap and vent
  • Reduce the load and try again
  • Check fan and tighten if necessary
  • Check the gasket and replace if necessary
  • Call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
It doesn't stop drying at the end of a cycle
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Defective timer is defective
  • Defective dampness sensor
 
  • Replace the timer
  • If your unit has this type of electronic dampness sensor, call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
 
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