What to Do When Your Dryer Breaks

Like many of life’s challenges and inconveniences, dryer breakdowns seem to occur at the worst possible times. Many people find that their dryer suddenly quits right in the middle of load or that it refuses to start once it’s full of wet clothing. If you have wet clothes on your hands and a dryer that’s out of commission, read on for tips on how to handle the situation.

  • Check the other appliances and electrical devices in the room. If your washing machine is still working and the lights are operating in your laundry area, the problem is obviously the dryer, but if other things in the room aren’t working properly, you may need to check the circuit breaker or fuses.
  • Ensure that the dryer is plugged in fully. It’s possible that the dryer cord has slipped out of the socket and simply needs to be put back in place.
  • Make sure nothing is blocking the dryer door. Many dryers are designed to not turn on or to disengage if something causes the door to become blocked or to open.
  • Take out half of your load and try to turn the dryer on again. Overfilling can cause dryer malfunctions.

If none of the above tips bring success, call an appliance repair company like Matic Service to come out and have a look. We can often find the problem quickly and have your dryer running the same day.

In the meantime though, hang clothing up to dry on a clothesline, shower rod or towel rods. You can use clothespins or even clothes hangers if you don’t have pins available. If you have knit jumpers in the dryer, try to lay those on a flat surface to dry so they do not lose their shape.