Most common dryer failure misconception?Most common dryer failure mis
Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:48 PM
My question though to those respectable veterans of "THE MACHINE" whom so graciously run this website is a little diddy about dryers.
I quite frequently get people who call me out for a "No Heat dryer" or a "broken dryer, only to get there, turn the thing to 'cotton high heat' or the 'timed dry' setting, push to start and the thing runs like a gem!
I usually run the thing for 10-15 minutes to make sure I'm not crazy, check that the solenoid coils still work after they warm up if its gas, open the thing up and check the thermal fuse, cycling thermo, element, ingnitor, etc.
Question: Is there something I'm missing which would allow the dryer NOT to heat up for them but heat up fine for me?
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:43 AM
Every time I tested was getting full voltage and all temps OK. Would get a call back next day not drying again. Found the heater contacts failing to pass current after running a few loads and heating the contacts up real good. When I would show up it would be cold and work fine.
Willie's Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:17 AM
I drill a customer hard on the "no heat or broken dryer". I ask if its gas or electric first. Then I ask if there is any heat at all or completely cold after running for a few minutes. Most fess up and say it just takes forever like 3 hours for the clothes to dry. This usually tells me there is a venting issue and in order for them to save a service call fee to unhook the vent from the back of the dryer and try a load that way. If the clothes dry in the normal amount of time then you know you have a venting issue and vent cleaning service needs to be called.
Most people don't understand how important how a dryer needs to have a clear vent run.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:18 PM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:24 PM
those contacts and see a fluctution...i generally will do an amp measurement while the dryers running in heat
mode if I suspect the contacts. I typically see alot more of the GE dryer timers with (Intermittent) heat problems
rather than the Whirlpool....
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