Quiz: Do you know how to repair your clothes dryer?
Uh-oh! That load of clothes you just washed is going to have to wait -- your dryer is broken. Don't despair; repairing your dryer may be simpler than you think. Before you make that expensive service call, take this quiz to see how much you know about repairing a dryer and whether you can do it yourself.
Which is NOT an essential safety precaution you must take before working on a dryer?
Disconnect the dryer from its electricity supply.
Clean out the lint filter.
Disconnect the dryer from the gas supply.
Which of the following would prevent the dryer from working?
having the dryer in a basement or other cold location
stacking clothes on top of the dryer
improperly closing the dryer door
How many drums does a dryer have?
How should you access most of the inner parts of the dryer?
Remove the door.
Remove the back pane.
Remove the exhaust vent.
Besides the lint screen, where else can lint collect?
What can you use to easily test whether the gasket is working properly?
a lit match
a pipe cleaner
What tool do you use to test whether the door and start switches are working?
volt/ohm meter (VOM)
What's the first thing you should do if you suspect your dryer's thermostat is malfunctioning?
Tap on it.
Scrub it with hot soapy water.
Blow it with a hair dryer for five minutes.
Can you clean and adjust your dryer's timer on your own?
Yes, if you have someone help you.
What is the ideal color of the flame in the heater of a gas dryer?
How do you change the color of the flame in a gas dryer heater?
Blow on the flame.
Adjust the air shutter.
Blow out the flame and relight it.
If your gas dryer's ignition device has gone bad, can you replace it?
Yes, if someone else helps you.
When testing the electric heater of your dryer with a volt/ohm meter, what should the meter read?
more than 20 ohms
What is the likely culprit if you hear a heavy thumping noise coming from your dryer while it is running?
You accidentally put your shoes in the dryer.
Too much lint has forced the lint screen into the drum.
The drum belt needs repair.
What do you need to be absolutely sure of when changing the dryer belt?
The new belt is the right one for your dryer.
The new belt is the same color as the old one.
You stretch out the new belt before installation.
What can you do to stop the squeak in the rollers that support your dryer's drum?
What sort of noise might you hear if your dryer's motor is straining?
What might the problem be if you hear humming and have no heat and no motor power?
There are loose wires in the motor.
You probably have a faulty centrifugal switch.
The dryer's circuit breaker has been tripped.
If the motor won't run, how long should you wait before trying the reset button?