While most people and consumers like the idea of freshly dried laundry fresh from an outside clothes line, in many cases this is impractical. Thus it behooves most homeowners to take care and maintain their mechanical clothes dryers – be they of the electrical or gas fired variety.
Yet what can go wrong with your home clothes drying unit? First of all if the clothes drier stops and will not power up – simply check the circuit breaker – it may of simply popped from an excessive electric load. The circuit breaker – for the uninitiated will be in a full panel of circuit breaker switches – in a utility or furnace room or the like.
Simply find the switch marked “dryer” or perhaps “utility room”. If it is in an “off position” or partially open simply switch it back to the full on position. You should hear a “click” sound as the switch is activated. However if the circuit breaker keeps “flipping” and resetting itself the off or inactive non powered position – this may indicate an electrical problem such as a short circuit in the line, or a power line that is inadequate for the load being handled by the heat appliance. In these situations call in a professional tradespeople to look at handle the matter properly as well as professionally maytag dryer repair pasadena.
All in all those in the appliance repair and heating trades that the mechanical parts of a clothes dryer are much more likely to fail and cause you trouble and inconvenience than the electrical parts – even more so today with space age solid state electronic control panels rather than the older type mechanical switches and control mechanisms.
Thus your first concern, with dryer problems and failures should be to check mechanical components of the clothes dryer first and foremost. Overall there is not a lot of difference between the mechanics of the two basic variations of dryer types – that is electric and gas. Both are intrinsically very similar – as they differ only in the source of their heat used for drying the clothes. First thing to ask – is the motor ruining or is burnt, worn out or defective? If the motor is running (you should be able to hear its hum and its gears moving), yet the clothes drying drum is not turning and rotating – then it is most likely a simple case of a broken rubber belt. The belt transfers power from the eclectic motor via the belt to turn the drum – easily, smoothly and consistently. The belt apparatus and setup in clothes dryer is analogous to belt driven mechanisms such as for your cooling fan in the radiator of your car, or the furnace fan driven by a similar eclectic motor in your home furnace.
How can you easily and simply diagnose if the reason for the drum in your clothes dryer is not turning is a broken rubber belt. Its very simple overall. Simply open the dryer door, turn the drum manually around its edges by hand. If the belt is broken, most likely you will hear a thump thump thump sound as you turn the drum and the broken belt hits the drum casing as you move it.
If that is the case – then it is a matter of replacing the drum mechanism belt if you have the mechanical skills, aptitude and time. If not a professional appliance repair person can easily do the task – made all the easier and less costly by your efficient and thorough diagnosis and hard earned diagnostic skills.
At the very worst if the rubber belt has to be replaced professionally, the serviceman call should involve less time and cost. Furthermore it may only necessitate one service call rather than two – if you identify the problem to the service staff when booking the service call, as well as make model and brand of your appliance. Thus the repair person can come fully prepared with the correct replacement. Thus at the least the overall cost of service and repair will be kept at a minimum for your home maintenance and upkeep budget.