There are electrical appliances all over the home today; probably more than are needed. If it’s a kitchen appliance, chances are that it has a digital clock integrated into it. Even some dryers have clocks. Who needs that many clocks? They’re power vampires.
The Clothes Dryer as a Labor Saver
But make no mistake, appliances make life easier. One of the most useful is the clothes dryer. The days of clothes lines and clothes pins have been over for years now because of this useful device whirlpool dryer repair pasadena.
But like anything else, things can and will go wrong with it. Repairs are expensive when a professional appliance repairman pays a diagnostic visit. But any homeowner can repair a clothes dryer and save money. All it takes is a little laundry appliance troubleshooting.
Problem – Clothes Dryer is not Heating
If the dryer will tumble but it does not get hot, the problem is most likely the heating element. The modern clothes dryer is a remarkably simple contraption. All models will vary in their construction and layout; most drawings can be found with an Internet search.
Once the interior location of the heating element is found, it’s a simple matter to get to it and do a visual inspection. Be sure to unplug the dryer or flip the circuit breaker before going in!
If the break in the element can be seen, the diagnosis is complete. If it can’t be seen the problem might still be there.
Troubleshooting with a Digital Multimeter
There are two electrical leads on the element, one at each end of the heating element. A digital multimeter can be used to test for continuity, or, uninterrupted electrical flow.
If this is the problem, it’s a simple matter to replace the clothes dryer’s heating element. Get a replacement heating element, remove the old one (the electrical connections and a couple of screws), and install the new one.
The problem I had when replacing mine was that none of the local shops would sell me any dryer parts; they wanted to send one of their appliance service techs out to replace it. But isn’t this what I was trying to avoid in the first place?
Solution: I ordered one on-line from an appliance parts specialty vendor. They had the replacement heating element in stock and mailed it to me lickety-split; fifteen minutes later I was back in business!