Clothes Dryer RemovalThe average lifespan of a clothes dryer runs between 10 and 13 years, according to Consumer Reports. (There is some discrepancy between electric-powered and gas-powered models of about a year.) But, a machine doesn’t necessarily perform for this period of time. A clothes dryer might only last 5 to 7 years. After all, there’s no guarantee and of course, this depends heavily on use.
While we can always dry laundry on a clothesline or a drying rack, a gas or electric clothes dryer has become a staple in most homes. When it stops working correctly, there are some common dryer problems that you may be able to solve yourself without calling a repair technician. —The SpruceSome machines last nearly two decades or just over before appliance removal is necessary. But, here again, it depends on the make, model, and use. (As well as any exposure to the outside elements as many of these appliances are placed in non-climate controlled spaces, like garages. So, there are even more variables which ultimately impact performance and life span.
Siesta Key DIY Clothes Dryer TroubleshootingIf you experience problems with your clothes dryer, you don’t necessarily need to call a repair technician. Instead, try these simple DIY clothes dryer troubleshooting tips yourself to fix the issue:
- No power. This is a good place to start. Turn the dryer on and see if it powers up. If not, check the circuit breaker on the main electrical panel to ensure it’s on and not tripped. If it is, call an electrician because it’s not safe to proceed.
- Weird noises. Listen for strange sounds when in operation. Run the clothes dryer on a normal cycle and listen for any unusual noises. If you hear something out of the ordinary, it could well be due to loose belt or other failing part.
- Clothes don’t dry. When clothes aren’t dry at the end of a normal cycle, it’s generally due to a dirty lint filter and/or a blocked vent. Check and clean both, then try to dry the clothes again.
- Two or more cycles are needed. If clothes only dry by going through two or more cycles, then check the heating element. (Bare in mind, other components can also cause this to happen.)