My Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry Clothes

by Vesna Petrova on April 6, 2014

Washer dryer

One of the most common questions in the laundry world is: does your dryer take a long time to dry your clothes?

Today’s modern dryers offer features for an automatic dry time with multiple settings. When you select one setting, the dryer turns off when the load is dry. However, the dryer might not run the drying cycle properly, the clothes might come out wet, or it will take too long to dry them. Whatever the problem is, you must find out what’s the root of the problem your dryer has. One failing component will prevent the dryer to function properly.

First of all, you should check the panel of the circuit breakers in order to make sure that all the breakers are in the right position.

Let’s pinpoint the common reasons for this “too long to dry clothes” problem, shall we?

  • The first thing you must check is the heating process. In order to check this, set the dryer in a regular timed cycle, turn it on, let it run for a few minutes and open the door in order to see if the heating sensors function properly. The heating elements and igniters aren’t repairable, and thus they need to be replaced. Needless to say, make sure you consult professionals who have experience in this area.
  • If the heating is functional, check whether or not the tumbler turns inside of the dryer. Set the timer on a regular timed dry cycle, press the start button on the dryer and look inside in order to see if the tumbler is working. If it doesn’t working, your clothes won’t dry out.
  • If everything is okay and the tumbler is working properly, check if the exhaust hose is blocked with lint. Turn the dryer on but don’t put any clothing in it. Check the tube to see if the airflow is good. If it’s weak, then there’s probably lint that blocks the airflow.
  • A broken door switch is also a common problem, especially in older models of dryers, like Maytag, Whirlpool, Speed Queen or Kenmore. If the switch or the actuator doesn’t work properly, the dryer would also not work, which means you’ll be left with one option: to replace the component – in this case, the door switch.

Dryer problems

If everything mentioned above is okay, then the main problem might be in the heating elements, thermostat, switches, etc.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons that might lead to this problem, as well as plenty of dryer parts that need to be checked in order to find out why your dryer takes too long to dry your clothes.

The washer/dryer problems can be very serious. Taking a guess when pinpointing the reasons behind this problem could be very expensive. So, if you think you need a professional help, don’t think twice. Professionals have many years of experience and they know what works and what doesn’t work. They also have the right equipment and tools to complete the job and know how to repair dyers to customer’s satisfaction.

About 

Unlike many people, Vesna enjoys spending time in the laundry room of her house. She is not a fan of strong perfumes, which is why she has learned plenty of smelly laundry tips and became a mad scientist when it comes to removing stains from clothing. In her spare time, you can find her drinking cappuccino on her balcony, watching French movies or eating chocolate when no one’s watching.

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