Nothing is more annoying than a blow-dryer that fails in the middle of drying our hair, especially if it happens minutes before heading out to work or on a date. While blow-dryers are cheap enough in price that replacing one won't put too much of a strain on our budgets, I've always felt that it's worth trying to repair anything before tossing it into the trash.
If your blow dryer has stopped, here are 5 easy fixes to try first.
Let it cool down. My blow dryer will shut down automatically after 7-10 minutes of use, and won't start up again until it's properly cooled. Sometimes setting the blow-dryer aside for several minutes is all it takes for it to start working again. To speed up the cooling, remove the dryer from the bathroom and set it in a cooler location, such as the living room or kitchen.
Clean out the air inlets . A blow-dryer pulls in outside air through several screens, known as "air inlets". When the inlets are clogged, air can't reach the blower fan and the motor shuts down to prevent overheating. Cleaning out the air inlets with an old, dry toothbrush will usually solve the problem. I use a gentle, sideways motion to sweep away the lint to avoid forcing particles through the grille. For removing stubborn bits of lint or hair, a tweezers will do an excellent job.
Clean the interior. While the screens covering the air inlets do a great job of preventing hair and lint from getting inside of a blow-dryer, smaller specks of dust can get trapped inside which also leads to overheating. If your dryer has a removable grille, unplug the dryer first and then back out the tiny screws that hold the back grille in place. Twist or pry off the grille, and then vacuum the trapped dust with an crevice wand attachment.
Press the reset button on the dryer itself. The last few blow-dryers I've owned have reset buttons either on the dryer itself or on the business end of the cord. If the blow-dryer won't start up again after it's been cleaned, you may have to press the reset button to restore power.
Reset the GFI in the outlet. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFI) is an outlet that has been equipped with a built-in circuit breaker to prevent shock. While most outlets can handle a single blow-dryer, the GFI will trip "off" if you are running multiple blow-dryers or a second appliance on the same outlet. To reset the GFI, unplug both the appliances and press the button marked "reset" to restore the power to the outlet. To avoid tripping the GFI again, don't run multiple appliances on the same outlet.
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