Tumble Dryer Balance Problems – Not Enough Heat?
Without heat a tumble dryer just can’t function, can it? So, what can you do to solve this problem? Well, unfortunately, that isn’t a simple or easy question to answer it all really depends on what the cause of the problem is, doesn’t it?
A lot of issues can affect the amount of heat a tumble dryer generates, some of them can cause it to emit no heat entirely while others might just lessen it. If a dryer isn’t generating a lot of heat it might still be usable at least for a while but it’s still a problem that will require immediate attention.
If left unchecked a heating issue can become a serious problem and it will make using your tumble dryer a real chore. Instead of saving you time and effort your tumble dryer will just be taking up space because it won’t be much use.
So, let’s take a look at what could be causing your tumble dryer to not generate enough heat and see how you can go about fixing the problem. However, you should remember that in the majority of case you should call in a professional tumble dryer repair engineer because that way you will be able to ensure any repairs are completed to a high standard.
This will only be an issue on more advanced models of gas-powered dryers, now you can probably guess what an igniter does but let me lay it out for you. In some gas dryers an igniter is used to heat up the dryer and once the maximum temperature has been reached the igniter will then ignite the gas.
A gas valve inside the dryer will help the process along and despite being a somewhat new feature the igniters used in gas tumble dryers can vary wildly in design. Some igniters are small flat components while others are more complicated pieces.
While these igniters do carry out an important job there is a downside to them. Because in the majority of cases they are very fragile and easy to damage. So, if your dryer isn’t generating heat and it does have an igniter then call in a professional repairman as soon as you can.
They’ll be able to safely replace a damaged or defective igniter and be able to carry out electrical tests using a multi-meter. If you have experience, then you might be able to do these checks on your own, but I would strongly advise calling in the Repair Aid professionals.
The Temperature Sensors
Temperature sensors are another common cause of this problem these sensors work by altering the resistance depending on the dryer’s current temperature. Dryers can have just one sensor or multiple sensors and they are more common on electrical controlled dryers.
If the sensor or sensors are damaged in some way, then the heat output on your dryer can differ dramatically although it will usually get cooler and not warmer. Checking your sensors requires expert hands and knowledge so your best option is to call in a Repair Aid tumble dryer technician.
The Heating Elements
If you are one of those lucky people who owns a dishwasher you have probably heard of heating elements before. In electrically powered dryer’s these elements have a similar purpose although they aren’t exactly the same, a tumble dryer and dishwasher are very different appliances after all.
In electrically powered tumble dryer’s heating elements are responsible for generating the heat that actually does the drying. The heating elements look like coils of wire surrounded in a metal chamber, electric is then powered into the coils to generate heat.
If the elements are damaged or defective in some way then heat won’t generate, even small issues could result in a significant loss of heat and it’s a more common problem than you might think. To test the heating elements and see if they need repairing or replacing you should call in a Repair Aid tumble dryer engineer because it’s a complex job and not one that should be done by inexperienced hands.
The Thermal Fuse
The thermal fuse might seem small, but it is an essential component and without it, your dryer won’t generate heat and it might not even power up at all. If the fuse blows then you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible because you won’t be getting any drying done without it.
Consult your dryer’s manual to find the location of the thermal fuse and then simply install a new one. In the majority of cases this will be an easy job you can do on your own but if you’d feel more confident calling in a repairman to test the fuse and replace it for you that is always an option.