How to handle Common Washer and Dryer Problems

Washer and dryer issues can pop up at any time and cause major inconveniences for any household. It is therefore important to learn how to manage washer and dryer problems as they arise. Instead of finding yourself without a washing machine and/or dryer, refer to the suggestions below for troubleshooting or hire a professional to repair your appliances. Below are some of the most common washer and dryer issues and guidance on how to deal with them.

Dryer Not Heating Up Properly

Before panicking that your dryer is not heating up properly, the first thing to do is to check the settings. Make sure that the dryer is not on a non-heat setting. This simple mistake can save you plenty of headaches. If, however, you’ve determined that the dryer setting should be using heat but is not, it is likely that something is wrong. There could be an issue with different heating components of the dryer, some of which may be repairable and others of which may not. Consider replacing the thermal fuse, as this may get your dryer working properly again.

If that doesn’t do the trick and the heating problems are going from bad to worse, it may have to do with the heating element of the dryer. Heating elements can be easily replaced. Simply unplug the dryer, take out the back panel and replace the heating element with a functional one. To save on costs, consider using the old thermostat for your new heating element. While these solutions may work, it’s always possible that dryer issues require professional expertise. Should you feel that you need a professional’s opinion, it’s never a bad idea to call a home appliances repairman to come and inspect the unit. 

Washer/Dryer Won’t Turn On

It can be extremely frustrating when you need to do a load of laundry and your washer or dryer won’t even turn on. One of the most basic troubleshooting methods for washer-dryer issues is to make sure that the unit is connected to power and that the breaker is turned on. However, dryers that won’t turn on could indicate a problem with an internal thermal fuse. Fortunately, internal thermal fuse issues are easy fixes that most homeowners can do themselves. Another thing to check for if your washer/dryer won’t turn on is that the door latch is fully closed, as the appliance won’t start unless it is.

If the washing machine and/or dryer still will not start after doing all of these checks, try testing it with a voltmeter to see if it can still draw power. If you’re not sure quite how to do that or could use additional support, it would be wise to contact a repair professional.

Strange Noises Coming From the Washer/Dryer

Most appliances make some noise, but washer and dryer units should never rattle or move excessively. It could be as simple as the appliance not being on level ground, in which case all you need to do is adjust the legs of your washer and dryer. This should eliminate the noise and excessive vibrations. Noise that sounds like a heavy thump is another thing to be careful of. This could be a result of clothes not being separated before the wash or dry cycle. Always be sure to separate clothes to prevent this from happening.  


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