When a household appliance such as a washer or dryer isn’t working as it should, it can put a major kink in your routine. You’ll want to know as soon as possible whether it’s fixable or if it’s time to get a new machine. With locations in Lincoln and Grand Island, NE, Salvage Warehouse is the area’s go-to for affordable, reliable household appliances and used furniture. Below, their team explains four signs it’s time to replace your dryer.
How to Tell You Need a New Dryer
Most dryers last about 10 to 13 years. Once your appliance is near the end of its life span, replacing it is probably more cost-effective than repairs. However, if it’s younger than six years old, it might be worthwhile to repair it, depending on the severity of the issue and the machine’s make and model.
2. Clothes Aren’t Drying
Many factors can cause a dryer not to do its job correctly, including blockages. Make sure the lint screens are clean and the vent is unobstructed. Also, check for kinks in the air duct that could be prohibiting airflow. If everything is clear, it’s likely the dryer is no longer useful.
3. It Catches Fire
Don’t assume dryers can recover after sustaining a small blaze. Even a minor flare-up can do significant damage to the inner components, such as wire casings. Starting the dryer again after fire could result in electric shock or another fire. If it’s been ablaze, have it inspected by a professional before plugging it back in. Depending on the extent of the damage, they may be able to fix it, or it might be time for a replacement.
4. Unusual Noises
If your dryer is making strange noises, such as banging, clanking, or rattling, it most likely needs to be replaced. Before shopping for a new one, make sure it’s not off-balance, as uneven weight distribution can cause odd noises. Try washing and drying smaller loads, mainly when laundering bulky items like blankets and towels. If that doesn’t work, call a professional to investigate.
If you need a new dryer, stop by Salvage Warehouse. With a trustworthy team and broad selection of high-quality brands, they’re Nebraska’s go-to for used appliances and household furniture. They also offer delivery, and installation and removal services are available at no extra cost. Call (402) 466-8294 to speak with a friendly staff member or visit their website to view their inventory.