Issues With Non-Heating Dryers

Washer and dryer elements don’t come without their share of standard issues, and one of the most common here is a dryer that, for one of several possible reasons, doesn’t heat correctly. At Rhino Laundry & Dry Cleaning Specialists, we’re here to help whenever this becomes an issue with your commercial dry cleaning equipment.

In some cases, a dryer that’s rotating its drum but not heating can mean the heat source has been interrupted, or you may need to adjust the settings. That’s just one example, though – here are several other types of dryers and reasons why heating might be an issue, plus what you can do about it.

Electric Dryer

No heat in an electric dryer is often a sign that the circuit breaker or fuse controlling the power has blown. In this case, this fuse or breaker will need a basic replacement. Some dryers may have two breakers or fuses – the motor will run as long as one works, but the heating element itself needs both to be operational. In other cases, an electric dryer might be faulty due to a broken heating element, which will require professional service.

Gas Dryer

With a gas dryer, a common source of heat loss is someone turning off the gas supply. Check the gas valve located behind the dryer to ensure that it’s turned on, and make sure the main gas valve for the entire house is turned on as well.

Ignition Issues

In most cases, modern gas dryers will have an electronic ignition format instead of a pilot light. If you have one of these machines and you aren’t seeing any heat at all, contact a professional for service. For dryers with pilot lights, make sure the light is burning, and relight it if not using instructions in the owner’s manual.

Heats, Then Shuts Off

In some cases, a dryer may produce heat, but not enough. It also might start at first, but then shut off because it gets too hot. In these cases, first check the lint trap, but then follow some basic steps:

  • Make sure the drier isn’t too close to the wall, cutting off air flow.
  • Check the point where the dryer’s air duct vents out away from the home, and be sure nothing has blocked it.
  • Disconnect the air duct from the dryer and clean out any lint that’s built up.
  • If needed, hire a service to clean your dryer’s ductwork.
  • Check for internal clogs inside the machine.
  • To check for whether there’s an issue with the heating element in an electrical dryer, run the dryer on Air Fluff or No Heat and make sure no heat is coming out. If that’s the case, this could signal an issue with the high-limit thermostat or the cycling thermostat.
  • If none of these steps reaches a solution, this could be a sign of an issue with the heating element, igniter or thermostat that will require professional assistance.

To learn more about heating issues with dryers, or to find out about any of our commercial laundry services, speak to the pros at Rhino Laundry & Dry Cleaning Specialists today.