Dryer Repair Troubleshooting Guide
It is a serious issue if your dryer is burning your laundry. Not only is it expensive to replace scorched clothes and blankets, anything burning inside your dryer is a potential fire hazard. The following dryer repair troubleshooting guide can help you discover and fix the issue causing your clothes to burn. If you would prefer to have the issue resolved by a trained professional, It Is Fixed Appliance Repair technicians are available seven days a week in Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta area. Need an appointment right now? Contact us for a same day* appointment.
Possible Cause: Incorrect Dryer Settings
Not all fibers are created the same. Many fabrics, like rayon and fleece, are made from plastic. It may feel soft and warm, but it is also highly flammable and prone to melting. If you put fleece or other plastic fabrics in your dryer on high heat, they may scorch, melt, or burn. Always follow the instructions on the label when laundering clothes.
Note: Newer dryers get very hot. If you are unsure if the current setting is safe, use a lower heat setting with a longer dry time. It is easier to wait a little longer than it is to scrape melted fabric out of your dryer drum.
Possible Cause: Lack of Airflow
To dry clothes, your dryer circulates heated air over damp laundry and vents the moist air from a duct in the back of the machine. If the dryer cannot discharge the hot air, the system may overheat, scorching your clothes. The three most common causes of limited airflow are:
Overloaded Dryer: The reason your dryer spins is because cloth needs to tumble and move to dry properly. If you overload your dryer, the clothes will not be able to move freely. At best, this may result in wet patches or clothes that take a long time to dry. At worst, the clothes may cause the dryer to overheat by blocking the heat vent.
Dryer Lint Blockages. As your clothes tumble, cloth fibers separate from the fabric and clump together to form lint. Collected lint can form a barrier like a thick blanket, preventing airflow from the dryer. Lint clogs can form in the mesh lint filter, inside the machine, and in the internal and external exhaust vents.
Improper Dryer Exhaust System. It is important to follow manufacturer recommendations regarding exhaust duct placement and types. Using materials not designed to withstand pressure and high heat may result in a failure of your venting system.
Refer to our dryer maintenance guide for detailed instructions for eliminating lint, using the correct load size, and setting up your dryer’s exhaust vents.
Possible Cause: Faulty Thermostat
The thermostat regulates the temperature inside the dryer drum. Once the temperature reaches a predefined limit, the thermostat switches off the heating element allowing the air inside the dryer to cool. If the thermostat is faulty, your dryer may overheat, resulting in scorched clothes.
The only way to test the thermostat is with a multimeter. Due to the risk of fire, we recommend hiring a professional dryer repair service like It Is Fixed to check the thermostat, and replace it if needed. Contact us today for a same day* appointment.
Possible Cause: Faulty Dryer Heating Element
If the heating element breaks, the element wire may touch the heater housing assembly resulting in a grounded element. In this instance, the heating element doesn’t cycle heat, rather it is in an always-on state. To test, turn your dryer on the No Heat setting. If the dryer heats up even on the no-heat setting, it most likely means the heating element is broken and needs to be replaced.
If you need replacement service and parts, It Is Fixed Appliance Repair is available seven days a week. We work nights and weekends so we can work around your schedule. Contact us or book an appointment online.