Recently our dryer (which is about 8 years old) has stopped drying our
I can't figure out why.
I've checked that nothing is blocking the vent outside
detached the vent hose from the back to make sure that it is free of
debris. My wife cleans the filter every time she uses it and the
getting hot. It dries the clothes eventually, but it usually
takes 2 times
(about 2 hours per load).
Anyone have any idea what I've missed or what could
be causing it to
thanks in advance
If your wife uses those dryer sheets. The lint has to be washed from
your vent, and she will be surprised how fast her clothes dry.
I was having problems with mine drying too. Someone told me about those
sheets letting a film on the vent where the lint is.
Mine now dries just like when it was new.
My dryer is 12 years old and is an electric Whirlpool.
Actually, I'd venture one of the two elements is burned out if electric
and this is a sudden difference in performance, not a gradual
degradation. Can't really tell from posting for sure.
To OP, is it really _HOT_, hot, or just toasty? As noted, if electric,
losing a heating element is the most common failure of all.
If gas, it is possible the thermostat is futzed or I've seen a burner
tip get fouled so wasn't putting out much flame. Need more info...
Since your dryer is still getting hot while drying, the problem is air
flow. Either the lint screen is clogged with dryer sheet film, or the
vent in the wall is restricted. For the lint screen, pour water in it.
If the screen holds the water, clean the screen with soap and water.
For the wall vent restriction, test it by pulling the end of the
transition duct (accordian duct) and put pantyhose to collect lint for
1 load. If the clothes dry in 30-45 minutes, the vent in the wall is
restricted. You need to clean it out with a brush and rod system.
Ceritifed Dryer Exhaust Technician
I've "repaired" a couple dryers by taking them outside and thoroughly
blowing out all air passages inside and outside the dryer. I used an air
gun on my compressor, but a weed blower would work also. Blow out
the exhaust vent tube while you are at it. They worked like new after
It is electric. If the element is half on or loose connection would
still be getting hot?
thanks for the advice. She does use dryer
sheets, but from what it
sounds like even cleaning the lint off may not be
enough. I'll give
it a try and post the results.
Only some GE dryers have two element strings. All others have just
one. On the GE, if one string breaks, the other will carry the load
but will dry slower.
I am basing this on your machine not being a GE, and with your symptom
being a slow-dry situation with heat present:
1. House venting blocked or kinked or too long.
2. Airflow passages within the machine blocked with lint. This is
especially true for certain brands and designs.
3. Light lens missing, allowing air to escape within the drum area.
4. Plug making poor contact with socket. Check for burning on the
#3 and #4 are more exotic answers, and there are even more complicated
things you can look at. Do you want to go there?
My seventeen year old electric dryer would not turn on the heater.
Turned out to be failure of the "is it dry yet" humidity sensor, so the
dryer thought it was sufficiently dry at startup.
cleaning the filter with soap and water to remove the film did the
trick. before cleaning it, the filter screen would hold water with
no problem. almost immediately after cleaning it though the outside
screen became clogged and it continued to not dry well. I'm not sure
why or where the excess lint came from, but once it was removed too
it has been working like new. thanks for the tips.
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