Typically, dryers are supposed to last around 10 to 15 years. However, that only applies if you stay on top of maintaining your dryer. Some things you can do to keep your dryer in top condition include cleaning the exhaust vent and lint trap, along with making sure not to overload your dryer.
Still, even if you practice routine maintenance and checkups, the time might come for you to need dryer repair. Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
- Not drying clothes: The primary purpose of your dryer is to, well, dry your clothes. If you open your dryer after a completed cycle only to find that your clothes are still wet, then that’s a problem. Even if your clothes are warm, but still damp, you could have a problem with the venting in your dryer.
- Unusual movement: Your dryer is not meant to move around. Most laundry rooms have designated spots for a washer and dryer, and that’s where your dryer should stay. If you’ve tried to reposition your dryer, but it’s still moving around, you should call a professional to inspect the machine and determine if dryer repair needs to be done.
- Burned clothing: Although your clothes should be dry, they definitely shouldn’t be burning in the dryer. Even if you just smell burning, there likely is something wrong with the ventilation, and you should have a professional diagnose the problem right away.