Some dryer parts are replaced more than others due to use and wear and tear. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a dryer according to sales from our website.
Thermal Fuse – The Thermal Fuse is designed to act as a safety switch, disconnecting the flow of current in case of a malfunction that may lead to the appliance overheating or even a fire. Once the part has been used/activated, it needs to be replaced. If there is no heat in your dryer or your dryer won’t start, you may need to replace the thermal fuse. In terms of Repair Difficulty, this is a relatively easy repair. Watch the video below to see how to do this repair.
Belt – The belt is used for rotating the drum inside of the dryer. If your dryer drum is not rotating, your clothes are not dried properly, or your dryer will not turn on at all, you may need to replace the dryer belt. Sometimes the belt becomes worn making a squeaking noise. Unplug and inspect the belt for fraying and wear. Replacing the dryer belt will solve this problem too. In terms of Repair Difficulty, this is still a relatively easy repair. Watch the video below to see how to do this repair.
Heating Element – The heating element provides the heat to dry your clothes.
On an electric dryer, the heating element contains coils that heat up when electricity run through them.
For a gas dryer, gas valve coils (also called gas valve solenoid coils) regulate the gas supply to the ignitor which glows and ignites the released gas from the coils creating a flame and heat. If the ignitor glows, but no flame or heat is being produced, then the gas valve coils probably failed and should be replaced. Use a multimeter to test the igniter for continuity. If there is no continuity., then replace the ignitor
One – Easy repair: can be done in less than 10 minutes and requires minimal skills and appliance disassembly.
Two – Average Repair: might take between 10 – 15 minutes and require some disassembly, or moving of the appliance to reach the part. Repair might require the use of tools like a screw driver or pliers.
Three – Moderate Repair: might take 20 minutes or more to complete and involve the moving of an appliance or disassembly of multiple parts. Repair might involve disconnecting and reconnecting electronic lead and components.
Four – Complex Repair: requires 30 minutes or more to complete and involves a great deal of appliance disassembly—including electronic parts, leads and wires — and the use of tools, possibly specialized tools.