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    Tumble Dryer Troubleshooting Guide

    Having problems with your tumble dryer? This guide gives you the top warning signs that your machine is on its way out. Or, head to the FAQs where we are giving advice on some of the most common problems.

    Signs you need to replace your tumble dryer

    As great as tumble dryers are at getting your clothes ready after a wash, they can’t last forever. Most models usually run at their best for around 10 years, so if yours is getting on a bit, keep an eye out for these 5 signs it’s on the way out. We don’t want your laundry problems to spin out of control.

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    Your clothes aren't drying

    If your clothes are coming out of your tumble dryer as wet as they went in, it’s pretty clear something’s up. Tumble dryers that have stopped drying usually have a problem with the heating element. You can get this fixed, but it could cost more than a brand new machine, so you’re probably best buying a replacement instead. Your outfits will be grateful.

    It stops mid-cycle

    Tumble dryer grinding to a halt before a cycle’s finished? Your machine might be getting too hot for its liking, or it could be a sign something’s up with the electrics. A simple way to check is to put your hand in front of the vent – you should be able to feel a blast of air. If nothing's coming out, that's your sign that it's broken.

    It's making weird sounds

    Don’t be surprised if your tumble dryer gets noisy – they’re hardly the quietest machines – but it’s still a good idea to keep an ear out for any new sounds it makes. Anything that changes could mean there’s a problem with the motor or fan wheel. If that's the case, you'll need to weigh up if it's worth repairing the part, or getting a new one.

    There's a weird smell

    Your tumble dryer shouldn’t be letting off any weird smells – not even on sock day. Any whiffs coming from your machine are a sign something’s not right, and if it’s smoke, make sure you turn it off straight away. There could be a few things causing it, like a build-up of lint or a problem with the motor or thermostat, so it’s best to get it looked at ASAP.

    It's lost its tumble

    If your tumble dryer’s not taking clothes for a spin anymore, it might be because of a snapped belt. This’ll need to get looked at by a professional, but if the same problem keeps happening, then it’s time to upgrade. Another reason could be there’s too many clothes inside. So if your laundry pile’s outgrown your dryer, you’re gonna need a bigger drum, which you can find right here!


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