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Drying Cabinet Problems

A drying cabinet also referred to as a “clothes horse” which is basically an electric machine designed to speed up the process of drying of clothes which are probably unsuitable to be dried in conventional clothes dryers. Drying cabinets are used mainly for delicate items or clothes with specific instructions such as “hang dry”, “dry flat” or “do not tumble dry”. Coats, comforters and boots are other common items dried using a drying cabinet. Listed below are a few commonly asked questions that have been answered by the Experts on upright drying cabinets.

What could be the problem if an individual replaced a thermal fuse and hi limit themistor when the lower dryer was hot heating on a drying cabinet and is still not getting any heat and internal lights do not work?

The individual may be able to rule out the issue with the fuse since there is no fuse within the unit that can cut off the light along with the heat. If the heater is fine and the light bulb is good, the problem could possibly be due to a faulty relay board located under the drum. If replacing the relay board does not fix the problem, there could be two separate problems causing both light and heat to not work or there could be a broken wire at some point.

What could be the problem with a drying cabinet leaving clothes dirty and oily soot on the clothes if the exhaust was replaced and the interior was cleaned?

Oily soot or residue can occur only from the burner assembly and a dirty orifice. It is also common for lint to collect and get burnt in the machine causing the soot. To access the burner and orifice, the lower dryer will need to be disassembled. To do so you need to remove the four screws of the console from the back of the drying cabinet. Move the console away and remove the five screws holding the front panel in place. The front panel should lift off the cabinet. At the end of the burner you should find the orifice. Use a wire brush and clean its end. You can also adjust the airflow by loosening the screws and turning the air shutter. This should be done until you have a blue flame with a yellow tip. It is recommended to clean the drying cabinets at least once a year to prevent lint related fire hazards.

What could be the problem with the lower portion of a drying cabinet not drying with any air or heat? However, the upper cabinet is working properly.

Generally these cabinets will have a blower wheel and a heating element inside. Since you experience no air coming out while the motor operates, the belt could be broken preventing the air to exit properly. The other possibility is a worn out blower. If either one of these errors have occurred the safety fuse within the canister could have tripped. In case the drum is turning, the blower wheel could be the culprit. To repair this yourself can be difficult if you are not very experienced. To get it fixed by a professional it can cost an average of $250 to $300.

Can a drying cabinet be converted into a regular dryer?

Practically it may not be possible to convert this into a regular dryer because the cabinet will not have any support if you do so. Another aspect is the sides and control panel cannot be separated since the wires and electronics are interlinked. These are all-in-one units which cannot be made to function independently. The framework of the dryer extends from the bottom dryer to the top shaking cabinet. The entire unit will need to be dismantled which may not be worth your time and effort.

What could be the cause of a drying center producing heat with the cabinet remaining warm even after using the appliance along with a slight rattle noise from the upper cabinet?

The most likely cause for the constant heat despite the machine being powered off could mean a short circuited element to ground. This could create a potentially dangerous situation causing a wiring hazard. First thing would be to unplug the unit and call a technician to inspect the machine as it may not be an easy fix and requires immediate attention. Parts are easily available to address this issue and could cost you around $175 to $250.

Drying cabinets function primarily on heat and air flow to dry out laundry which is placed on the racks. Though these machines are useful to deal with clothing with specific care instructions, the entire unit can be bulky and it is complicated to access important components when you face an issue. Minor issues can be resolved by you while others require professional intervention. Diagnosing and isolating the problem area is the key to fixing the issue. The help and guidance from Experts will be very useful and necessary to resolve these issues.
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