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Common Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Clothes Dryer

cat in the dryerMost people never give their dryer a second thought until something goes wrong, but following that path can make the issue worse than needed. Catching maintenance problems and hiring a dryer repair team at the first sign of trouble can save you time and money over the long run. When you learn the things for which you should look, you can stop problems from progressing, and you might even save money on your energy bill. While many things could go wrong with your clothes dryer, some issues are more common than others:

Long Drying Times

If you believe that your dryer has fallen into disrepair, start tracking the amount of time it takes for your clothes to dry. Some maintenance problems will reduce the efficiency of your dryer, and it will need more time to get the job done. At first, you will probably need to wait an extra five or 10 minutes for the cycle to complete, but you could end up waiting for much longer if you don’t address the problem fast.

Burning Smell

A burning smell coming from your dryer is a warning sign you can never afford to overlook if you care about your safety. The odor could result from a lint basket that needs changed, but that won’t always be the case. You could also notice a burning smell if your dryer hose is broken or jammed, preventing hot air from escaping.

If you can’t detect and fix the source of the burning smell, turning your dryer off and contacting a professional dryer repair service is vital. While it could be a sign of minor trouble, the burning smell could also mean you are at risk for a fire. A caring expert can find the problem and get it under control without putting you or your home in harm’s way.

Drum Not Spinning

People often expect the worst when their dryer drum stops spinning, believing that the dryer is broken and needs to be replaced. If you enlist the help of an experienced repair team, you will often discover that a snapped belt is the source of your problem. Since having a professional inspect your dryer and replace the belt is cheaper than buying a new one, calling an appliance repair expert is a smart move. Your expert will find, identify and repair any maintenance issues your dryer might have, and you will be pleased with the outcome.

Getting a Professional Touch

If you have noticed any of these warning signs or have another reason to believe your dryer is in disrepair, reach out to a reliable dryer repair company right away. With more than 48 years of experience in the appliance repair industry, Dave’s Appliance Service will meet your needs and help you achieve the best results possible. You won’t need to pay an extra service charge if we need to order parts and return on another day. Pick up the phone and give us a call if you have any questions or concerns, and we will gladly point you down the right path.

See also “Understanding the Dangers of Lint In Your Clothes Dryer

See also “Signs Your Refrigerator Might Need a Repair“.

Photo by Kymberly from Flickr using Creative Commons license.

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