Things You'll Need
Always unplug the dryer before attempting to work on it. Turn off the power at the breaker if you will be working on any electrical appliance. Consult your owner's manual for the location of specific parts.
Having a washer and dryer at home can be a real convenience, but when those vital appliances stop working it is anything but convenient. Having some basic troubleshooting skills under your belt is the best way to keep your dryer running smoothly and get it back in service quickly when something goes wrong.
Troubleshooting Your Dryer
Check the area around the exhaust vent of your dryer. One of the most common causes of dryer problems, including overheating, failing to dry clothes properly and not heating up properly, is that the exhaust has been blocked by dirt, lint, and other debris. In addition, the cheap vent hoses that come with many Electrolux dryers are not adequate for the job, and it is a good idea to replace those vent hoses with higher quality stainless steel replacement hoses. In the meantime, be sure to check the entire length of the vent hose for blockage, removing any kinks as you go.
Check the thermal fuse. Many models of Electrolux dryers are equipped with a thermal fuse, and if this thermal fuse is faulty, the dryer may not run at all, or it may run but not generate any heat. Consult your owner's manual for the location of the thermal fuse on your dryer model. On many models, the thermal fuse is located inside the back cover panel; you may need a screwdriver to access this panel. Be sure to unplug the dryer before you get started. If the thermal fuse is blown, be sure to replace it and try to run the dryer again.
Check the power cord running to the dryer. If the cord is frayed or damaged it could cause the unit to short out and not run properly. If the cord is damaged, the dryer may run sometimes, but refuse to start at other times. Be sure to check the entire length of the cord, from the point where it attaches to the dryer itself to the point where it plugs into the wall. If the cord is frayed, cut, or damaged it will need to be replaced before you attempt to use the dryer again.
Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.