Does your hand-held blow-dryer shut off and on intermittently during use? As a hairdresser’s daughter, it is a problem that I have had to deal with before. Hence, I have a few suggestions on how to come up with a solution. Here they are:
Examine the Cord and Plug
If your blow-dryer is on the fritz, the first thing that you should do is examine its plug and cord for external damage. Things to look for are kinks in the cord, missing pieces of rubber or plastic, bent prongs, discolored prongs and exposed wires. You’ll also want to make sure that the cord is securely attached to the blow-dryer’s housing unit. Sometimes after extended use the cord will start to separate from the housing unit and need to be reattached. If you do find signs of obvious damage, I’d recommend replacing either the cord or the plug.
Check for Dirt Buildup
Sometimes a blow-dryer will also shut off when it overheats. Overheating problems could be related to a blocked air vent, a faulty heating element or a broken fan. As such, I’d recommend that you check your blow-dryer’s external air vents. Oftentimes, they are located on the side or rear of the blow-dryer. If the external air vents appear dirty, clean them. You may also want to think about cleaning your blow-dryer’s internal heating element and fan. However, you should only open up your blow-dryer’s housing unit if the manufacturer’s warranty has elapsed and you know what you’re doing.
Conduct a Continuity Test
If you didn’t find anything wrong during your external examination, you may want to conduct a continuity test. In order to conduct one, you’ll need a working knowledge of electricity and access to a continuity tester. You’ll also need to unplug the blow-dryer and remove its housing unit. Next, use the tester to check both of the plug’s prongs to determine if there is a short somewhere in the power cord. If the continuity tester indicates that the power cord is faulty, go ahead and replace it. However, if the cord appears to be in working order, the blow dryer’s plug could be to blame.
Consult a Pro
If all of the above troubleshooting tasks still did not fix the problem, you may want to consider having your blow-dryer repaired by a professional. Places that tend to offer blow-dryer repair are small appliance shops and beauty supply retailers. Of course you could also opt to just throw it away and buy a new one. Sometimes buying a new one is the cheaper of the two alternatives.
Source: Personal Experience
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