When you toss your clothes into the dryer, you expect one thing – for them to dry. When this doesn't happen, it often sends a flurry of panic through most people because they automatically think they'll have to buy a new dryer. If you're experiencing this issue – don't panic. There might be an underlying reason why this is happening:
Sounds obvious, but it's something that can easily be overlooked. Glance at your control panel to ensure the dryer wasn't set to a low or no heat setting. If so, simply changing the setting back to heat should help. If there are multiple people using the dryer in your home this is quite possible as someone could have adjusted it for a delicate load.
Dryers need power to function correctly. If the incorrect level of voltage is being transmitted to the dryer, it might be enough to power it on, but not enough for the heating element to work. Inspect your breaker panel to ensure the lever that coordinates with the dryer is in the correct position and check the fuse to see if it needs to be replaced.
Failed Heating Element
If you have had the dryer for some time, or it's a newer dryer that gets an excessive amount of use, the problem could be a failed heating element. The role of this component is to heat up the dryer so when it is not functioning, there will be no heat. This is often the case when the dryer just suddenly stops producing heat but is working fine otherwise. If you suspect this issue, you will need to contact a technician for inspection and replacement. Don't try to perform the repair on your own as you could cause more damage.
Dryers have thermostats inside them that regulate their temperature. Just like other thermostats, these units can be very delicate. If you recently moved your dryer and started experiencing issues once you plugged it back up, it could be that you damaged the thermostat in the process. This is especially the case if it was not moved properly. Generally, having it replaced will resolve the problem.
If you can't figure out what's wrong with your dryer, it's time to contact a repair professional. An appliance technician can inspect your unit to accurately and quickly highlight the problem so that you can get back to the business of drying your clothes.
Contact a company like J & M Appliance for more information and assistance.