If your dryer is acting up or won’t work altogether, the first thing to remember is not to panic. There are tons of online resources to help you. According to Appliance Repair Doctor, a Chicago appliance repair service, most issues are pretty simple to fix and parts are readily available.

How Do I Diagnose the Issue?

You can use one of many appliance repair websites to find out what may be causing your issue. Repair Clinic has specific diagnosis videos for both gas and electric dryers to help you narrow down the cause of your dryer malfunction.

Diagnosis is as easy as watching a three-minute video.

Can I Fix It Myself? What Parts Will I Need?

Most repair videos and instructions are pretty easy to follow. PartSelect has an entire page of symptoms and associated repair guides to help you.

Let’s take an example. Your dryer is noisy and you want it repaired. Under “Common Broken Dryer Symptoms”, select “Noisy,” and the troubleshooting guide takes you to a video. Once you watch the video, you realize your issue is the drum bearing. Just enter the model number of your dryer and you’re off to the races.

If you have a General Electric dryer and the model number is DE70FA1-CA2, type in the model number in the appropriate part section. In this case, you would enter the model number in the “Drum Guides or Slides” section and the troubleshooting guide takes you to a list of parts that are available for purchase. Choose your defective part and the purchase page pops up with an associated repair video for your model.

I understand that videos may not be your thing. If you want a handheld reference guide to dryer repair, you can get these online as well. Manufacturers such as Maytag offer their manuals through their website.

Do I Have the Right Tools?

Luckily. you don’t need to be a mechanic or an appliance repairman to have most of the tools you will need. According to The Family Handyman, most repairs require a few simple tools:

If you need to check electrical current, a continuity tester or multimeter is needed. The basic models are inexpensive and can also be found pretty easily online.

Should I Hire an Expert?

If the repair parts are a little too costly, or the nature of the repair is a little above your handyman skills, there are skilled repair services to assist you.

The average dryer repair costs between $200-265, but it depends on the type of appliance, the severity of the issue and of course your location. The benefit of hiring a professional is that most appliance services guarantee their work for a period of time after the repair.

Should I Buy a New Dryer?

If you feel the purchase of a new dryer would just be easier, or make more economic sense than having your old dryer repaired, then shopping for a dryer has never been easier. A quick search can give you several brands to choose from, including Kenmore, Magic Chef, and Costway.

Of course, the costs and benefits of buying new versus fixing your existing dryer is a choice you will need to consider based on your circumstances.

How Can I Avoid Costly Repairs?

Regular maintenance for your dryer can extend the life of your dryer and help you avoid costly repair calls. Repair Clinic suggests the following periodic maintenance for your dryer:

  • Remove and clean your lint screen
  • Make sure the area around the outside vent cap is clear of debris and excess lint
  • Excess lint should also be removed from the venting tube
  • Clean the interior of the dryer outside the drum with a shop vac

Regular maintenance of your dryer can extend the life and avoid calls to the appliance repairman. Of course, if something does break, there are ample resources to help you with whatever you need to do.

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