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Common Reasons for a Clothes Dryer Service Call

Unusual noises can be anything from loose change in the drum to belt or axle problems. Check carefully for any foreign object(s) loose in the drum. Make sure the machine isn't vibrating against the wall or washer while running. If nothing obvious can be found, a service call may be needed. A squeak, rattle or grinding sound will probably only get worse as the parts causing the problem are wearing against other parts.

Dryer cycle problems There are different reasons why a dryer will not complete a cycle or continue to run as if waiting for something to complete the cycle. There are themostats to let the dryer know how much heat is needed and thermal fuses that prevent a dryer from overheating. Timers or computer boards run the show for all of the cycle actions. Call us and get it fixed right the first time.

I smell gas is a good time to call for service on a gas dryer. Obviously, nobody wants to take chances when gas odors are present. Turn off the gas valve and call for service immediately any time you smell gas from an appliance.

Takes too long to dry clothes This can often be solved by going outside to the dryer vent and pulling out anything from kids toys to bird nests. Be careful though, any obstruction probably means that lint is backed up in other areas of the vent and/or dryer fan. Lint is flammable and can start a fire. Lint can also cause your machine to work harder and raise your electric/gas bill.

According to a FEMA study:
■ An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

■ Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.

■ Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

■ Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

■ Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.

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