4 Things You Can Do If Your Dryer Doesn'T Heat

Your dryer is an essential part of your clothes washing process. Your dryer speeds up the time it takes your clothing to dry from hours or days on the line, to less than an hour with your dryer. If your dryer isn't heating, it can't do its primary job. Luckily, there are a few primary reasons that could result in lack of heat, so it should be easy to check them out.

Inspect the Gas Supply Line

The first thing you need to do is check the gas supply line. Check and make sure that the gas line is properly attached to the back of your dryer. Then go over the length of the gas line and make sure that it is not damaged in any way.

Check the pilot light for your dryer and make sure the pilot light is activated. If the pilot light is not on, then your dryer is more than likely not getting the gas it needs. Turn the pilot light back on.

Check out the Electrical Power

If you have an electrically powered dryer, start by making sure that your dryer is plugged in. Your dryer sometimes moves around, which can loosen the cord. Next, after you verify that your dryer is plugged in, go an check your circuit breaker.

Make sure that the fuse or circuit for the dryer is not thrown. It could easily get thrown, especially if it is on its own line or path, without you noticing.

Check the Heating Element

Your dryer has a heating element. The heating element is what literally creates the heat for your dryer. When the heating element stops working, it cannot be repaired, it just has to be replaced. The heating element is located behind the dryer's cabinet. You can test and see if the heating element is working by touching a probe from a multimeter onto a part of the element and see what type of resistant reading you get. If you get a resistant reading of infinite resistant, that means your heating element needs to be replaced.

Check the Thermal Fuse

Your dryer has fuses inside of the dryer. You will need to remove the wires leading to the thermal fuse in order to test the thermal fuse. You can use a multimeter to test the thermal fuse. If the thermal fuse is working correctly, when you test it at room temperature, it should read zero. If the thermal fuse is tested when it is heated up, it will produce a reading of infinity. Any other reading means the thermal fuse needs to be replaced.

When it comes your dryer, if it is not working, the first thing you should do is check the gas line if it is a gas powered dryer or check the electrical power supply to make sure the dryer is getting the right power. You should also check important parts such as the heating element and the thermal fuse.

For more help, contact a service like Golden State Equipment Repair for a consultation.