Signs You Need a New Tumble Dryer

by | Apr 19, 2022 | Blog

Since your dryer is probably one of the most used appliances in the home, it makes sense that you would be keeping a close eye on any changes that you might have noticed popping up recently. Although checking the thermal fuse, power, heating wire and blower wheel is always a good idea if you want to fix minor issues, there are other signs to look out for if you think it might be time to replace an old dryer. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to run through the most important signs to be mindful of when it comes to considering a new tumble dryer.


A good indicator of performance for a tumble dryer is a simple one; do the clothes come out dry enough. If the dryer is not performing as it should under normal circumstances, then it might be time to invest in a new one. If the clothes are starting to take much longer than they otherwise would then it may be because of a specific heating element. Despite this, it could also be because of the materials you have put in the dryer. Issues to be mindful of when checking for performance include:

  • A failure to properly start
  • Mid-cycle shutdown
  • Inconsistency with drum rotation
  • Failing to heat or overheating

Remember that you should feel a strong natural airflow coming through the vents of the dryer when it is in use. If it looks like you’re needing to use several recurring cycles for a single load of clothes, then it’s time to invest in a new dryer.


If you notice a strong or strange smell coming from your dryer, along with strange or unusual sounds, this may indicate a problem. Loud noises coming from the dryer are also an indication that something could be wrong, as it may mean that certain components are wearing themselves out.

The tumble dryer should only be emitting freshly laundered, warm smells when you open the door. If you start to notice a burning smell, then stop the machine immediately. Our experts can get problems like this sorted for you immediately.


Tumble dryers typically last from around 10 to 13 years. If the dryer has been around for that amount of time, you might need to find a replacement sooner than you think. Newer models also use less energy when operating, and so they help you save costs in the long run. No matter how amazing your dryer might seem to be, all appliances will wear down eventually with age, and so it’s important to take this into consideration when choosing whether it’s time to pick up a new dryer.


A wiring issue could also present an opportunity to get a new tumble dryer if needs be. This is because, if you take off the back panel of the dryer, there could be peeling or cracked plastic coating, exposed wiring, or an odour of smoke. These could all be indications that you need a new dryer immediately, or at least mean it’s time to take action to get the appropriate repairs done. An exposed wire could potentially lead to a house fire, so this is extremely dangerous and worth checking out if you see it and feel it needs to be addressed.

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