One of the more frustrating things that can happen around the home is when you dryer just quits working. you wash a load of clothes and in good faith load them into your dryer. You set your timer and lo and behold 30 minutes later your clothes are as wet as when you put them in the dryer. Let’s start with a few basics so that you can understand how a dryer heats and how your clothes are dried.
We will stay with electric dryers for the time being. Your dryer has an element that heats when the dryer is functional and air is passed over the element into the dryer chamber to dry their clothes. The air that enters the dryer chamber has to have an exit and therefore all dryers have a vent that exits usually to the outside.
First things first check your lint filter and make sure that it is not clogged. A clogged filter can make it seem like you’re element is not easy at all. Second,most dryers built in the last 10 to 15 years have a thermostat like thermal fuse. The fuse protects your dryer from catching fire in the event that the dryer overheats.
There are many things that can cause this thermal fuse to blow. Again, your lint filter being clogged could cause the fuse to blow. It is possible that your fit tubing has become obstructed, check that. Opening the dryer and mid cycle can trigger a spike that blows a fuse as well. The fuse is usually located on the element or the dryer duct work for the vent. These users are non-resettable and only have a one time life.
Make sure that your dryer is unplugged when you remove the rear panel to get to the fuse. Fuses can be purchased at local appliance parts stores. The newer dryers don’t seem to have as many problems with thermal fuses.if you have repeated trouble look for the cause rather than just replace the fuse.