I have a fairly new but very lightly used front loader Whirlpool Duet
that has always served me well, but has gradually not dried as well as
usual. Due to circumstances it uses a flex tube to vent. I removed it
from the dryer and tried it, assuming there was a clog in the vent
(although the vent does seem to push a lot of air). I got warm air,
reconnected the vent and tried to dry a load, no luck. Removed the vent
tube and cleaned it as best I could. This morning, it was able to dry a
Any suggestions for easy to use diagnostic choices? I dread paying for a
service repair, but do want my dryer back in working form
it's a possibility, but I'm very good about cleaning the dryer filter.
when I disconnected and reconnected the vent, a lot of crap came out. A
casual inspection of the vent pipe looked good and I pushed a long
duster thru it
On Feb 5, 12:43 pm, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <atlas-
How "very good" are you? Have you washed your filter in warm soapy
It is especially important to do that if you use dryer softener
sheets. They can cause a waxy buildup on the lint filter that will
reduce air flow. Try running water through it. if it holds water, you
have a build up of some kind.
Dryer sheets can also cause a build up on the moisture sensor and
sensor screen screwing up the drying cycle.
See here, or lots of other sites that all basically say the same
I too am "very good" about cleaning my lint filter. I even hung a
reminder sign on the dryer that had to be moved before you could open
the door to ensure that everyone else in my house was "very good"
about cleaning the filter. Regardless, there will still be lint that
finds it's way into the internal ductwork and restrict airflow.
Trust me...I've been there numerous times.
My one dryer had a problem it dried intermittently:(
When I took the dryer vent line apart I found a low spot, which was
At first the dryer would work fine, then stuff wouldnt dry...
The problem occured after I replaced a leaky water hose......
I have temporarily re-routed the flex line so that it is more direct
with fewer sharp turns and washed the lint filter as was also suggested
(although it wasn't in any way clogged) and now have a fresh set of warm
sheets nicely folded and put away in my linen closet. It remains to be
seen if this experience has become constant or remains intermittent
How do you know what ample air flow is? Did you measure it before you
straightened out the hose or washed the filter to know if it has improved?
Here's how it looks from where I'm sitting...
The dryer worked fine for some period of time before it stopped drying your
clothes. You've straightened out the vent hose and washed the filter. Let's
say you were right and the lint filter was not "in any way clogged".
Therefore straightening out the vent hose seems to be the thing that
helped. However, the dryer worked fine with the hose in it's bent
configuration prior to the problem appearing.
That tells me that there was restricted airflow which you improved -
somewhat - by straightening out the vent hose. That tells me that you still
have a restriction and the only place left is the internal ductwork.
I think your diganostic choices include
1) Ask on the usenet group
2) web search for troubleshooting web sites
3) go to the library and borrow a book on
clothes dryer repair
4) ask your friends and neighbors, or ask the
guys at the hardware store
Christopher A. Young
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Any suggestions for easy to use diagnostic choices?
On Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:33:16 -0800, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds"
Dryer vent is cheap. Rigid is far better than flex, but a bit more
difficult to install. [code might require rigid]
Just replace the vent and be done with it before you burn your house
down and have to kick yourself in the ass.
"More than 15,000 home fires are started by dryer fires every year,
usually from lint build-up,"
Can you verify that air is blowing freely from the vent
OUTSIDE? If you can't get to the vent because it's
up high, you don't have a ladder, etc, then I'd try running
the dryer with the hose temporarily disconnected and
see if dries clothes.
On Feb 5, 12:44 pm, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <atlas-
I have seen various (and intermittant) symptoms ranging from long dry
times to complete shut downs due to lint buildup in the internal
Do yourself a favor and clean them. It can't hurt and very well may
solve your problem. If it doesn't, the cleaning will still have been a
good idea and one more thing to check off of the list.
Other than finding an actual blown component, you have no way of
knowing if lint buildup is the problem except by going through the
exercise of cleaning the internal ductwork.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:44:50 PM UTC-5, Malcom Mal Reynolds wrote:
Many have a thermal switch in the air stream designed to prevent it from getting too hot. Also there is often a thermal fusable safety as well. Typically the fusable is a one shot deal, when it goes you have to replace it. If there is a thermal switch as well it will be set to turn off at a lower temp. The parts are usually pretty cheap if it seems to be turning the heat off prematurely. Make sure it's clean like the others have pointed out.
On Monday, February 4, 2013 9:33:16 PM UTC-8, Malcom Mal Reynolds wrote:
Cleaning or replacing just the vent isnt going to cut it. Depending on how and how much they are used they need to be taken apart and the insides need to be cleaned every few years. Something the manufacturers wont tell you. Some dryers like Speed Queen very easy or Maytag fairly easy to do.
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