Is Your Dryer Not Drying Your Clothes Properly?

When your dryer stops working properly, your first thought may be that you need to replace it. However, there are several reasons for a dryer not to work, and not all of them signal the end of your appliance. Learn four reasons your dryer could malfunction; it could mean you need a thorough dryer vent cleaning or dryer repair.

Air Flow Reduction

If either the internal dryer duct inside the machine, the transition vent that connects the dryer to the wall, or the dryer duct/vent leading all the way to the outside of your home is partially clogged, it will restrict the airflow and increase the dry times. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Fire Protection Association, and all dryer manufacturers recommend both your dryer and dryer vent system be cleaned regularly. This is the number 1 reason for dryers taking too long to dry.

Please note that the quality of the dryer vent installation can negatively affect dryer performance even if the dryer and vent are clean. Manufacturers set maximum desired vent lengths. On the back of all new machines is a warning tag recommending against flexible transition vent material that compresses to less than the 4-inch minimum requirement. Also, a concern is the main portion of the dryer vent system leading to the outside. If over 35 feet in length or, if multiple 90-degree turns exist, lint accumulation will occur at a faster rate.

Lint Filter

The lint filter may be partially restricting air flow. Dryer sheets and fabric softener can leave a residue on the lint filter, reducing the air flow. Clean off this residue to increase airflow through your dryer. Use hot water and a soft bristle brush, and scrub both sides of the screen for 60 to 90 seconds.

Blower Assembly

If the blower wheel is obstructed or defective, it may take too long to dry clothes. /check the blower wheel for obstructions. If no obstructions are present, try rotating the blower wheel by hand. If the blower wheel wobbles as it turns, replace it.

The dryer blower wheel works in conjunction with the drive motor. When rotating properly, it draws air through the back of the machine, over the heat source, and into the drum. Clumps of lint, socks and small articles of clothing can sometimes bypass the lint filter and get caught in the blower wheel. It seems impossible, but we see it often.

Over time, as the blower wheel wears, it can loosen. Because it is attached to the motor shaft it may wobble or slip which affects the rotation speed and performance. This can be a factor in increased dry times.

Moisture Sensor

If the moisture sensor is malfunctioning, it could affect dryer performance. Of the problems previously mentioned, this happens the least. It’s worth noting, however; if you have eliminated the other possibilities for a long dry time and are still experiencing difficulties, this sensor could be the issue.

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