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Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Jumpstarting a Dryer

1) Find another fully functioning dryer, and connect via jumper cables. If this fails, proceed to step 2.

2) (two people are required) Have one person push the dryer down a downhill slope. Have the other person inside, with their foot on the clutch, and when enough speed is generated......

nevermind.

Seriously, you can jumpstart a dryer (in some cases) that will not run. Here's how I found out.

Katherine and I had bought a new washer and dryer when we bought our first home. About a year into it, one day, our dryer just wouldn't start, and we couldn't figure out why (commentary about grumbling over new expensive appliance going on the fritz intentionally omitted). Well, we lived in a real remote place where there weren't many options for repair, although we found a local guy that did that kind of thing. When I called him, though, he was really sick, and said he couldn't come out today. but he said try this, and by golly, it worked.

You DO need 2 people to do this, so you have enough hands.

1) Open the door of the dryer, and then use one hand to press and hold down the door switch so the dryer "thinks" it is actually closed.

2) Take another hand and start spinning the dryer's clothes basin around manually. Generate a decent speed and try to keep it moving.

3) Set the dryer for a cycle, and have someone push the start button while the clothes basin is still being manually rotated (and you're still holding in the door switch). Voila. It should crank right up, unless you are having more serious problems, AND, it should function properly without the jumpstart after that.

The repairman said that somehow, a piece of lint or something can get caught up in the circuitry and cause the misfire. But this process nearly always solves the problem!

Here's hoping I save someone $75 or more sometime!


8 Comments
igna83
AWESOME! Especially since our set is ten years old, now, and I expect to have problems with them in the near future. Thanks!!
Angi   Thursday, March 27, 2008
betsyradish
That is so awesome that it actually works. Can you drive the dryer around after that without having to jumpstart it again?
Betsy   Thursday, March 27, 2008
BrianHamrick
Betsy- yes, just make sure you don't leave the headlights on when the cycle is finished.
Brian   Thursday, March 27, 2008
stevenheinzel
I just tried rotating mine after starting it (and then stopping) to see which way the drum rotated. It is hard to rotate; I hope you don't have to get above 1000 rpms!!
stheinz   Thursday, March 27, 2008
BrianHamrick
clockwise rotation, right? Just don't redline it, Uncle Steve.
Brian   Thursday, March 27, 2008
lgrant
Any tricks for getting the low heat to work after it was "broken" by those great bumpy balls that are touted to make clothes dry faster and stay fluffy? I know...call the repair person.
LGrant   Thursday, March 27, 2008
Omfg it really worked with the help of my 9 and 6 yr son's!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!
Denishia D.   Tuesday, December 7, 2021
I didn't get it to go very fast at all BTW. It was very difficult to spin
Denishia D.   Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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