Want clean clothes for school and work.

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A washing machine can do that, but you also need an efficient clothes dryer to give your crisp garments when you are ready to step out. Things get ugly when a clothes dryer stops working. How will you dry clothes now? Will you hand them outside in the sun, or will you iron them to remove the last of the water droplets. 

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Yes, a non-working clothes dryer is an emergency, and you will have to fix it urgently before the world comes to an end. Following are two DIY suggestions that can help you improve your own clothes dryer in an instant. 

Clothes Come Out Sopping Wet

If you find that your clothes come out wet even after a complete cycle, there might be a problem with the heating element. This part is responsible for heating the clothes enough to dry them thoroughly, and when it malfunctions, the clothes spin and remove all the excess water, but they do not dry. 

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To fix this problem, you will have to replace the element. And fortunately, that is not a difficult job. First, you will have to find a replacement element at your local hardware store or online on the brand website. Make sure to purchase the model recommended by your dryer manufacturer. 

Solution

Once you have the element, you are all set to fix your dryer. Unplug your dryer and remove the back panel. Unscrew the old piece carefully and replace it with the new one. You may also require to remove the thermostat from the old element and fix it on the new one. Once the component is in place, close the back panel, reconnect the dryer to a power source and switch it on to test. If this does not work out, you can always visit appliancerepair.net. Here, you will find detailed DIY guides for the smallest of issues with household appliances.

The Drum Does Not Spin

If you notice that your dryer does not move an inch, even after changing all the settings, you are in some serious trouble. But fortunately, this problem can be solved quickly. If your machine receives electricity, but still the drum is not moving, your dryer belt is likely damaged. Belts wear out with time and need replacement.

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Solution

To fix this problem, unplug your machine and unscrew the back panel. Check the old belt for signs of wear and tear. If you cannot inspect properly while the belt is in place, remove it and check. Now, it’s time to order a replacement. You can find one at your nearby hardware store. If you don’t, you will have to get in touch with the dryer’s manufacturer and place your order with them. 

Once the belt arrives, remove the old belt and place the new one at its place. Be sure to be thorough with the process and ensure that the new belt is the same as the old one. If changing the belt does not solve your problem, the chances are that your motor or pulley is faulty. Changing a pulley is a slightly complicated process compared to changing a belt, but it is still doable. But if it comes down to changing the motor, you might want to call a professional trained in handling dryers of your brand. 

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Fixing a clothes dryer needs a basic understanding of the electric appliances and wiring systems. If you know how to unscrew parts and replace wires, you can quickly fix a clothes dryer yourself. You won’t have to necessarily wait for a technician and pay an exorbitant service charge.