Dryer vent cleaning is the cure for most clothes dryer problems because it promotes maximum airflow which is the number one requirement for clothes dryer to operate. Here is a trouble shooting guide outlining other common problems with clothes dryers.
The Dryer won't Start
I know this sounds simple but check to see if it is plugged in. Also, check the circuit breaker or fuse. This way you won't be embarrassed when the technician comes in and bills for a service call when all they had to do was plug the dryer in. There are reasons the dryer could have been unplugged; maybe you were doing some spring cleaning and the cord was in the way or it came loose when you were sweeping behind the dryer.
Check the timer to see if it is working; you should be able to hear it clicking as it moves. Check the start switch for loose connections or broken wires. Make sure the door closes properly to engage the door switch.
Drum Turns but no Heat
Check to be sure the gas is on. Yes, this is another simple, obvious solution that could save you some money. Make sure the door seal fits tight; check for signs of wear. Check the thermostat.
Dryer Runs - Drum doesn't Turn
Be sure the door closes properly and the dryer is not overloaded. If this doesn't resolve the problem, the drum belt could be loose or maybe the bearings are worn. Check the owner's manual for instructions on how to tighten or replace the belt.
The Dryer makes loud Thumping or Scraping Noises
There are a number of things that can cause this problem, including a loose drum belt, worn bearings or the drum support roller.
Clothes take Longer to Dry
This is a very common problem that eventually happens with most dryers. Most people think that this is normal as their dryer gets older. This is a myth; there is most likely nothing wrong with the dryer. The problem is lint build-up in the dryer ducts; this is a fire hazard. The dryer needs to be pulled away from the wall and the dryer duct needs to be cleaned. Lint blockages in the dryer vent system will prevent the dryer from expelling hot air; the heat is trapped in the system and the combustible lint catches fire.
Lint can also be built up around the dryer drum, on the motor or heating element. Manufacturers recommend professional annual dryer vent cleaning to be sure your clothes dryer is working safely and efficiently.
Always unplug the dryer before attempting to take it apart to check for problems. If you are unable to diagnose or fix the problem yourself then you need to call a professional. Dryer vent cleaning fixes most problems with clothes dryers as the air-flow is the most important part of a clothes dryer's function. Most dryer vent cleaning specialists can also do the simple repairs like tightening belts and pulleys or replacing bearings.
Gina Fazil is the owner of Dryer Vent Wizard in Sacramento, CA. Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer fire prevention and "urgent response" dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation to prevent dryer fires and reduce energy costs. To read more articles by Gina visit http://dryerventcleaningsacramentoca.blogspot.com/