Fixing The Clothes Dryer

Our mother came to us and said the dryer was not heating any longer. Of course, when that happens, you drop everything. In the case of this gas dryer–and many others like it, including electrically heated ones–there is at least one thermal fuse or circuit breaker. This shuts the unit down in the case of an air blockage or failed thermostat. In this case, the fuse appears to have died from old age and the time that this dryer spent underwater. Some are self-resetting. Others, like this one, are “one-shot” devices. You replace them after solving the problem that caused the protector to blow.

As it happens, this dryer did go under in a basement flood and was repaired (by me!) afterwards. The only immediate damages were the intrusion of water into the motor bearings and failure of the solenoids on the gas valve. These problems were easily fixed–something to keep in mind if your dryer ever goes underwater. Appliance repair shops may tell you to scrap it, which is not necessary most of the time.

Oh…and no comments on the condition of the room, please and thank you. I’m well aware that it’s a mess.

25 thoughts on “Fixing The Clothes Dryer”

  1. I’m pretty fortunate to have my own access to a brand new stacking
    washer/dryer unit, provided by my landlord as part as the rent. It’s
    probably never gonna die. It’s pretty heavy duty, and has more functions
    than a PC.

  2. Bill great job, Your mom is so proud of you i’m sure. You treat her like a
    queen too. you and your brothers have so much talent, but you Bill you do
    have the gift and the gift of gab. Love your vids keep em comming eh !

  3. I didnt know gas dryers existed until now, i have never seen one do they
    just have these in america?

  4. i had seriously no idea there where gas operated clothes dryer! Here in
    Italy are barely sold electric dryer at really high prices. I’ve used one
    at an automatic clothes cleaning station

  5. OMG how did i know that there would be at least one computer in the laundry
    room lol! LOVE IT!!! My house is the same way, at least one piece of
    computer equipment in every room

  6. It seems I’ll be starting a similar project here… Whoever built the house
    decided it was good idea to put the laundry room in the front of the house
    and run the dryer vent all the way to the back of the house in the attic. I
    guess technically its “code” here that putting vents on the front of the
    house is “bad” because it looks ugly. gthe vent is too long for the dryer’s
    fan and something over heated inside, so now we have to fix it and put in a
    booster fan.

  7. @stydel311 There are “rollers” the drum rides on that will wear out. 99% of
    the time it is these. If they are worn out you have to replace them, if not
    you can lube them up with some automotive hi temp grease to quiet them up.
    Usually if the belt is squeaking, the drum will either not turn at all, or
    will be jerky.

  8. @gusherb94 We have had to replace the gas valve solenoids in this unit
    twice…once after the flood and once more recently than that. They appear
    to be under a lot of stress. A few professional service people have said
    that they keep plenty of those on their trucks.

  9. @uxwbill i fixed it this morning. there is a little idler pully looking
    pully with a spring attached. the roller on it was really worn. the metal
    rod that it sits on was fine, but the rollers part where it does through,
    was about half an inch to big – really warn. We took it to the store, got
    the replacement pully, and a belt while we had it apart. i guess its only
    15 years old, but it still runs like new. maytags r built to last.

  10. @MaurizioM89 (continue) against gasoline! when petrol is at 1.40€/Liter
    (about 8.74US$/impGal), methane is at 0.858€/Kg (1.17$/Kg) and LPG at
    0.663€/Liter (4.14$/Gal). With LPG you just get the same MPG of a gasoline
    car, but with methane you can get till 50MPG, while not having lots of Km
    per tank (just about 300km) sorry if i bored you (and sorry again for my
    horrible english)

  11. I remember SkiFree! I had no idea gas-powered clothes dryers even existed.
    All i’ve ever seen are electric ones. Although I will say that one time I
    looked behind our Frigidaire dryer (which is in fact electric) while it was
    running, and through one of the small vent holes, I did see a flame! How
    does that work?? Great video!

  12. @Lukeno52 You need electricity to run the fan motor, timer and sensors. It
    is also used to turn on the glow-type ignitor.

  13. Well, we got into our electric dryer last night and found out the heating
    element was literally burnt up and the coil broke in one spot. So we got
    the new one in and put on the dryer vent booster fan so it shouldn’t do it
    again. I cant understand why they put in a 25ft vent pipe, but oh well.

  14. I have a Kenmore Residential Dryer Model# 11062062103 Electric heated that
    has stopped heating, is the problem something similar to do with yours or
    am I looking to buy another dryer in Venezuela?

  15. @EthanCommins888 All clothes dryers have a thermal cutout. For an electric
    dryer, check all the fuses and the wiring between the fuses and the dryer,
    including the plug (if yours has one). Make sure all that is OK first, due
    to the high current draw. Then you can check the thermal cutout–and it
    should be in roughly the same place. Kenmore equipment is generally made by
    Whirlpool and has been for years.

  16. Next time, instead of just talking about what you did, DO IT on camera and
    show us. Talking about it is rather useless. Also, clean that room. LOL

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