When to replace your Dryer

The washer and dryer are among the most frequently used appliances in most households. If you’ve recently begun to experience performance issues with your dryer, it may be time to start shopping for a new one. But before you drop the money for an entirely new unit, it’s a good idea to find out for sure whether your dryer is nearing the end of its lifespan. You can do this by inspecting it for specific problems and weighing the cost of repairs against the cost of replacement.

1-Observe your dryer’s efficiency. The best way to tell if the appliance might be on its last legs is to simply see whether it’s doing its job properly. Start paying close attention to how your appliance is working. If your clothes are coming out damp, for instance, it might mean that they just need a little more drying time, or it could indicate a problem with the dryer’s heating elements.

  • Look for recurring issues that point to a specific flaw in the unit itself.

Failure to start, erratic drum rotation or a tendency to shut off mid-cycle are all common (and potentially serious) dryer issues.

2-Pay attention to strange sounds and smells. Squealing or banging noises may be a sign that one of the unit’s key mechanical components, such as the drum belt or rollers, is wearing out. Similarly, a burning smell could indicate that the dryer is overheating.

3-Confirm that it’s actually broken. Inspect all the dryer’s main components (including the drum, lint trap, dials or display and wall outlet) to see if another factor might be the cause. For instance, bad wiring can prevent a perfectly good dryer from turning on, and regular overheating could be the result of a clogged lint trap.

  • Seemingly serious problems sometimes have simple explanations.
  • Make sure you’ve exhausted every other possible option before shelling out the money for expensive repairs.
    • For the most part, your dryer should not make any noises or give off any smells other than those associated with the normal drying cycle.
    • If left unaddressed, problems like overheating can quickly lead to safety hazards.

4-Take the age of the unit into account. Most dryers typically last somewhere between 10-13 years, according to consumer reports. If your dryer is approaching the 10 year mark, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it even if you haven’t experienced any major performance issues yet. By springing for an updated model, you’ll get a better return for your investment.[4]

  • The longer you use an old dryer, the more common malfunctions will become. This can get quite expensive after a while.
  • It may help to look up consumer reviews on the internet to learn what other owners have to say about the longevity of your particular dryer model.[5]

 

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