Clothes Dryers 101
Is your clothes dryer misbehaving but you’re not sure if you
want to shell out the money to buy a new one? The good news is you may not have
to! Sometimes a dryer just needs a little TLC and a couple repairs to work
again. But there are times you may need to take it to the appliance graveyard
and start over. RepairClinic.com helps you figure out whether you should
replace or repair your dryer.
There are a few things to consider when determining if it’s
time to start dryer shopping:
- How old
is your dryer? If it’s over 10 years old, you may want to start thinking
about replacing it – before it completely dies on you.
- Is it
Energy Star certified? If your dryer is an older model, it may not be. You
might end up saving money in the long run if you replace it with one that’s
- Is it
broken beyond repair? Just because your dryer stopped working, it doesn’t
mean it’s gone for good. It may just need a quick fix to be up and running
- Can I
afford it? A new gas or electric dryer can cost between $300 and $1,800,
depending on how many bells and whistles you need. Repairing a dryer yourself
could cost as little as $10 to $50.
Repairing your dryer yourself could save you hundreds of
dollars versus calling a repair technician or buying a whole new dryer. Here’s
a look at the most common dryer problems and parts that need replacing. Click
on the specific symptoms if you want to troubleshoot other causes for your
- Dryer won’t start or isn’t heating. This is the most common complaint and is usually a pretty simple
fix. Chances are you need to replace the thermal fuse and to clean lint out of
the venting. A new
thermal fuse costs anywhere from $5 to $30 (although there are some that
- Dryer stopped spinning. This can be another easy and
affordable fix. Oftentimes the culprit is a damaged drive
belt, which can cost you $10 to $30 for a new one.
- Dryer takes too long to dry. This could be fixed with something as
simple as cleaning out the venting with a special brush or you could need a new
blower wheel. While a blower
wheel could cost $15 to $50, the venting
cleaning brush is $40. It’s good practice to clean the venting every six
months, so you’d get plenty of use out of that brush!
- Dryer makes noise. Assuming you’re not drying sneakers,
a noisy dryer could mean it’s time to replace the drum rollers. If this is the
case, we recommend replacing all of the drum rollers at the same time as a
preventative measure. Drum
rollers run $10 to $65.
For additional help,
visit our Dryer
Repair Help page or check out these dryer
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