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3 ways to fix your tumble dryer

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Written by Domestic & General

There are number of issues you might have with your tumble dryer, we have picked out the top 3 common faults and how to fix it.

Please make sure you follow these instructions fully. If you have any problems with carrying out this maintenance, please contact us.
There may be several features of a dryerʼs normal operation which make it turn off. Always check the user manual for details on your specific dryer, but this guide will give you some general advice.

A burning smell comes from my tumble dryer

1. Make sure that your dryer has not been overloaded. This may cause garments to get trapped between the door seal and the drum which creates friction when the machine starts to work. This can create a burning rubber smell and even smoke.

2.Check the lint or fluff filter found in the door recess and remove any fluff build up.

3.Check the dryerʼs inlet, outlet and vent pipe for fluff and lint build up as this may restrict airflow through the dryer, if fluff and lint debris get too hot, they may create a burning smell.

4.If you have a condenser dryer, remove the lower cover to reveal the condenser. Remove the condenser by turning the clips and pulling it out. Wash out all of the fluff build up by flushing water through the slots in the condenser under a tap. Also see the “Cleaning the condenser” topic for further information.

5.Re-fit everything and try the dryer again, the smell may take a few minutes to clear.

My dryer switches off after a few minutes of use

1. Check size of the load, if you are drying a very small load or perhaps one item on its own, it is better to use one of the ‘time’ drying programs (if your appliance has these). The ‘auto sense’ cycles are designed to offer an efficient drying solution for larger loads and the machine may switch off after a few minutes if a light load or just one thing is in the drum on an auto sense type of drying cycle. See the “Loading the tumble dryer” topic for further information

2.Some dryers may switch off to protect the appliance if the lint filter, or its housing, is badly blocked. Check the filter found in the door recess and remove any fluff build up, see the “Cleaning the lint filter” topic for further information .

3.A blocked condenser or full water-collecting tank may make a condenser dryer stop. Remove the lower cover to reveal the condenser. The water-collecting tank is normally at the top of the dryer and is removed by pulling the unit out of the dryer. See the “Cleaning the condenser…” and “Emptying and cleaning the water reservoir…” topics for further information.

4.Remove the condenser by turning the clips and pulling it out. Wash out all of the fluff build up by flushing water through the slots in the condenser under a tap until all of the fluff has been washed out.

5.Remove the water-collecting tank and empty it into the sink.

6.Check the valve on the end of the water-collecting tank has not become blocked-up.

There is no power to my dryer

1.Confirm that there are no lights on the dryer, including the display screen or buttons.

2.Check that you have power switched on to the machine from the mains.

3.Check that the power, start or on/off button is switched on and the door has been firmly closed.

4.If your dryerʼs power is controlled by the program dial knob (so that the dryer switches on when selecting a drying cycle), try selecting a cycle.

5.Check the plug and lead for any damage.

6.Try another electrical appliance in the socket to check that it works.

7.Take a fuse (of the same rating: 13A) from something else that is working (for example a kettle or toaster). Insert this fuse into the plug and try again.

 

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