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How an Electric LG Dryer Works:

There are many different types of LG dryers: top loading, front loading, gas LG dryers, electric LG dryers, stand alone dryers, stackable units, and many others. Although there are many different types, the basic principles of how they work is very similar. They all contain a tumbler (the round holding chamber where the clothes go), a heater, a lint trap, and an exhaust vent

For this description, well start from the top, just like youre doing a load of laundry.

First, youll open the door and place your wet clothes into the tumbler. After you shut the door, you will set the heat settings. Most LG dryers have three settings, such as low, medium, or high heat. Next, youll set the timer. Its usually a dial type of timer with various settings. You can set the timer for a specific length, like 20 or 80 minutes, or you can let the dryer decide when its time to turn off. Most newer LG dryers have cycle settings like "optimum dry," "less dry," "fluff," and various others. Some have controls for cotton clothes or permanent press, or other options. Also included is a notification switch, that when set on "loud," sounds a buzzer to let you know the dryers done. After all the settings are set, you press the "start" button.

The motor begins to turn and the belt rotates the tumbler. At the same time, air is drawn into the dryer. Also at the same time, the heating coil flares to life (or the pilot light ignites the heater, in a gas LG dryer) and warms the incoming air. The tumbling clothes heat up and the water within them turns to steam. The exhaust carries the steam out of the dryer, usually through a duct that sends it outside.

Sounds simple enough, right? But how does the LG dryer know not to get too hot, and how does the timer actually work?

When you open the control panel on the LG dryer - which is not recommended unless you know what youre doing, by the way - there will be wires going this way and that. The cycle controller is usually square and has a round device attached to the top of it. The round device is actually a small motor. The motor has a small gear on it that connects to a larger one with a dial inside the cycle controller. As the gear on the motor turns, it turns the dial very slowly. The dial usually has a set of four cams attached to it. As the dial turns, the cams engage certain contacts within the cycle controller. The contacts determine everything that happens, from the length of the drying cycle to whether or not the air gets heated.

To ensure your clothes dont go up in flames, LG dryers have temperature sensors installed in them. They are little silver discs, about the size of a quarter, and there are usually two of them. In most LG dryers, one is located near the heating coil and the other is in the front section of the LG dryer. They also have a set of contacts within them, so that when the temperature gets too hot, the contacts separate and the LG dryer automatically turns off.

f you take the top and front of the LG dryer off (again, not recommended), you will see the exposed tumbler. A belt goes around the tumbler and winds around a pulley thats connected to a motor. There are rubber wheels underneath that sit in a groove in the tumbler to ensure an even and smooth rotation. Depending on the dryer you have, the motor may control the exhaust fan as well.

One of the most important factors in how a dryer works is air flow. The LG dryer has to bring in air to heat in order for everything to work. Most dryers have a hole or ventilation duct located on the front of the machine. Its not visible with the cover on. Air is sucked in through that hole and is forced past the heating element. The heated air flows into the tumbler to heat the clothes. The steam is then sucked out of the dryer through the lint trap and out of the building. The lint trap is usually located right below the door of the dryer. For your dryer to work as efficiently as possible, make sure to clean the lint trap after every load. A fan is used to both bring the air in and send it out. It is located between the lint trap and the ductwork leading outside.

For all intents and purposes, the dryer is a very simplistic machine. It is designed so well, that the only things that really change over the years is the look of them. But just because theyre designed well doesnt mean youll never have a problem with them.

What the temperature thermostat is, and how it works:

The temperature of the air inside the drum is regulated using different thermostats. Thermostats open and close an internal switch when subjected to the temperature of their environment.

There are two different thermostats in your LG dryer, the operating thermostat(s) and the high limit ( safety ) thermostat(s). The only difference in these thermostats is their opening and closing temperatures.

Safety thermostats are usually always found on the heating element housing or cage assembly.

Some dryer thermostats are an single pole, double throw style and can usually be identified by a third wire terminal ( often smaller ) mounted towards the top of the thermostat housing . On this style when one set of contacts opens, another set closes. This second contact ( terminal 3 ) is used to provide power to the allow the timer to advance when in a permanent press or automatic mode.

Nine money saving tips that will extend the life of your LG dryer and lower the cost of energy.

1. Make sure that the washing machine’s feet are level to prevent an imbalance in the machine that may cause loud noises and added wear/tear on the unit. For fire safety, do not place the LG dryer near heat producing device.

2. To avoid burning out the compressor, always plug the LG dryer directly into the properly grounded outlet on your wall. If you absolutely need to run an extension cord, make sure a heavy duty, 3-pronged extensions cord. If unsure, consult the manufacturer specifications in the user guide.

3. Empty the lint filter after each and every use for efficient drying and fire prevention. Remove anything else that can impede good airflow. Do not forget to clean the back of the LG dryer where lint settles over time.

4. Vent your dryer to the outside, never vent it inside. Clean out exhaust vent system at least once a year to remove clogs or other obstructions that can impede good airflow. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. 5. Do not place foam backed rugs, rubber/plastic shoes or other heat sensitive articles in dryers. Also, to prevent fires, do not place clothing or other items soiled with flammable substances like gasoline and alcohol. Check the pockets of clothes for crayons and other heat sensitive items that may ruin the other clothes.

6. To save energy, do not overload the LG dryer and make sure items are not water logged. This may burn out the motor.

7. Clean up all spills from the top of the LG dryer. Many detergents and solvents can damage finish. Clean with a mild household dish soap or baking soda and rinse with warm water. Rinse and wipe dry.

8. Always read manufacturer’s guides and operating instructions. By following these tips, you can prolong the life of your LG dryer and avoid many costly repairs. However, there are times when a repair is needed; We fix most brands and models of dryers including Kenmore, Whirlpool, General Electric, LG, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Roper.

We repair most clothes LG dryer problems including poor heating, cycle irregularities, loud noises and poor spinning. Please call us for fast, reliable professional service. Our technicians are standing by and ready to relieve you from your clothes LG dryer problems.

How to install the LG dryer:

  1. Allow at least 4 inches of clearance to vent out the back of the LG dryer. This will allow for the offset of the venting elbow. If you vent off the top of your LG dryer, cut out the vent hole by drilling a hole with a drill and cutting it to the proper size with tin snips.
  2. The method you choose to exhaust your LG dryer depends on many different factors. Choose the most efficient route from your LG dryer to the outside.
  3. Use a hinged damper weather hood to prevent backdraft and place it at least 12 inches off the ground. Be sure the placement of this vent will not exhaust dryer air to a window well, gas vent, chimney or any other unventilated area (such as attic or crawl space). The accumulation of lint can be a fire hazard so check your local safety code on this issue.
  4. Connect the exhaust system with rigid aluminum pipe and wrap joints with duct tape. Avoid using sheet metal screws. Hang the aluminum pipe from appropriate hangers on horizontal lines at the critical distances determined by your local building code.

The most important maintenance for any LG dryer is a clear exhaust.

Many dryer failures usually result from an improperly maintained vent system. This causes premature failure of the bearings, elements, ignitors and other critical parts.

- For best drying results, clean the lint filter before each load.

- When drying only one or two items, toss in a few items of varying size to promote good tumbling action and improve drying results. Dryers with an Auto-Dry cycle will not dry properly with a very small load in the tumbler.

- A drying rack accessory sits stationary on the front and rear bulkheads to speed the drying process of items like: caps, sneakers, sweaters, stuffed toys and pillows. Ask your dealer for details.

- Raising the LG dryer 6-12 inches with a storage drawer below puts the door opening near level with the washer opening and reduces bending.

- Never use white plastic exhaust duct on any LG dryer!! The stuff is not only flammable, but it increases drying time tremendously! Do not use the foil-looking stuff, either! Use only flexible metal duct or rigid duct. The new periscope vent kits also work well for dryers in tight spaces and will eliminate any chance of hose kinking.

Improper venting or a clogged vent will give the following results

  1. Long drying times
  2. Clothes are hot at end of cycle...bad for Perma-Press items
  3. Dryer is noisier than usual
  4. Clothes still hot and damp after cycle ends
  5. Automatic sensors fail to shut off

We repair and service all LG models of electric or gas dryers. If your LG dryer produce heat, clothes dont come out completely dry or you have any other problems, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of rest, returning your LG dryer to perfect working order. Call us to schedule an appointment for your LG dryer repair. We will do our best to set the appointment for the time that is most convenient for you:

We will always work with your busy lifestyle to schedule your Los Angeles LG dryer repair. For a convenient appointment, call us at our toll free line:

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Please note: We don’t work on small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, sewing machines etc. We work only on major LG appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, stoves, dishwashers etc.

Or you can email us for an LG dryer repair appointment. In the email please include your name, phone number, zip code and a brief description of the problem that you are having with your LG dryer. As soon as we receive the email we will contact you, so that you can schedule your LG dryer repair appointment in Los Angeles.

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Premature failure of heating element, motor or bearings

Possible problems with your gas LG dryer

It doesnt work at all

  • 1. No power to the dryer Make sure theres power getting to the dryer. Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for power with a voltmeter or by plugging something else in.
  • 2. Door switch / Door switch actuator leverThe LG dryer would not start with a broken door switch. Replace the door switch if found defective.

    Most dryers have a door switch actuator lever - when you close a LG dryer door, it presses against the lever, which actuates the door switch. If the lever is broken, the switch would not activate and the dryer would not start. Replace the lever, if broken. Note: Door switch actuator lever usually comes with the door switch assembly and it is recommended to get the whole assembly since there is almost no price difference between the door switch assembly and just the lever. Check your model for more details.

  • 3. Thermal fuseMost dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting. Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.
  • 4. TimerReplace if defective (note: uncommon problem).

Theres no heat

  • 1. Gas valve coilsIgniter glows, then shuts off without igniting gas - the problem is probably with defective coils (black, located on top of the gas valve). It is recommended to replace all coils (usually two or three) if found defective. Note: Sometimes the whole gas valve may be defective, thus not letting the gas out. However, this problem is not common.
  • 2. Thermal fuseMost dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

    Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.

  • 3. IgniterIgniter may burn out or break. Replace the igniter if found defective. Note: Igniters are very fragile and break easily. It is recommended to handle the igniter only touching the ceramic part of it (usually white in color).
  • 4. Flame sensor (or radiant heat sensor)Replace the sensor (located near the igniter) if found defective.

It takes to long to dry

Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

  • 1. VentingMake sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.
    Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.
  • 2. ThermostatThere are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryers performance. Replace the defective thermostat

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