My Dryer is a Quitter – On the House

My Dryer is a Quitter

By on May 20, 2014
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Q. I opened my electric clothes dryer to add another piece of clothing while it was running. Then I couldn’t get it started again.



A. You should never open the door on an older mode drying “mid-cycle” without first turning the dial to the air-dry mode or advancing the timer to stop (to shut off the heat element). Otherwise, while the unit sits still, the element continues building up heat and can trigger the thermal fuse (a built-in safety device that works only one time). Once it’s activated, it requires replacement by a service technician before you can operate your dryer again. If you want to interrupt the drying cycle, always let the heater cool down sufficiently before you stop the drum and open the door. Otherwise, you might be drying you wardrobe on a clothes line.

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