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DIY Dryer Troubleshooting Versus Professional

by:GOWORLD     2020-09-10
A broken or poorly working dryer can bring your whole home-life to a screeching halt. Suddenly, your railings and chair backs are populated with t-shirts and jeans hung out to dry, and all the necessary uniforms, work clothes, and towels that you use every day aren't on hand when you need them. Don't let this madness go on any longer than necessary. Find out what you can do to troubleshoot some common dryer problems, and when you should call a pro for appliance repair service.
The first and most important guideline to DIY appliance care is: if you're not comfortable tackling it on your own, call a pro. There's no sense making yourself nervous or doing something that feels unsafe. If the very thought of delving into the workings of your dryer makes you break out in a sweat, put the dryer repair manual down and pick up a phone. There's no shame in calling a professional when you need to.
If you're ready to get your homegrown troubleshooting skills going, keep that repair manual to hand and dive in. Take a common and fairly dramatic scenario: your dryer stops working altogether. No matter what buttons you push, nothing happens. The first thing to check is the door. Almost all dryers have a door latch safety feature that has to be engaged before the machine will start. Shut the door firmly to make sure it's latched properly and see if that helps.
If the door latched but still nothing happens, then it's time to check the reset switch. This is a prime troubleshooting solution especially if your dryer has recently been running. The machine may simply have overheated. Wait about ten minutes for things to cool down, then consult your manual to find out where the reset switch is. It's often on the control panel. Make sure you disconnect the power supply before rooting around for the reset switch and shut off the gas supply valve, if applicable.
If checking the door latch and the pushing reset switch don't do the trick, there's probably an issue with one of the individual parts of the dryer. If you're comfortable and want to pursue the next dryer repair step on your own, you can disassemble the unit and check out which part is at fault. You can refer to the manual and look online for repair guides and helpful diagrams to assist you.
If the idea of going into the dryer's innards fills you with fear, though, it's time to call your local appliance repairs company and tell them what the problem is. These folks are professionals for a reason. They know the ins and outs of these machines and will know what to do to get your dryer back on its feet.
DIY home appliance repair is a great option if you feel comfortable with the task and you have a sense of what you're doing. If you feel out of your depth, however, calling a professional appliance repair company is a wonderful choice.
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