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Quiz: Do you know how to repair your clothes dryer?
by Staff
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?

  • one
  • two
  • three

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?

  • exhaust vent
  • gasket
  • thermostat

What can you use to easily test whether the gasket is working properly?

  • a lit match
  • a pipe cleaner
  • a tissue

What tool do you use to test whether the door and start switches are working?

  • jumper cables
  • batteries
  • 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
  • no
  • Yes, if you have someone help you.

What is the ideal color of the flame in the heater of a gas dryer?

  • light blue
  • deep blue
  • yellow

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
  • no
  • Yes, if someone else helps you.

When testing the electric heater of your dryer with a volt/ohm meter, what should the meter read?

  • zero
  • 12 ohms
  • 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?

  • Clean them.
  • Oil them.
  • Replace them.

What sort of noise might you hear if your dryer's motor is straining?

  • humming
  • whistling
  • thumping

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?

  • 10 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 3 hours

What is the purpose of an overload protector?

  • to prevent straining of the motor
  • to prevent too many clothes going in the dryer
  • to prevent the dryer from overheating