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Clean your dryer at least once a year

Doesn't matter what kind of dryer you have,you should clean it out or have someone clean it out at least once a year more so if it's gas so you don't have a fire on your hands,unplug dryer, go outside and make sure nothing is blocking the air flow and outside flapper is blowing fully open and clean out the vent line, disconnect vent line from the back of dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower if it's a long run just stick the leaf blower right in the vent line that you disconnected from the back of dryer and blow out to the outside vent hood,vac out the inside of dryer and clean out the duct where the lint filter slides into,a shop vac works great because the other end of it has a blower on it,blow the lint off the motor and blow the lint that's in the back of dryer so the lint comes to the front so you don't have to remove the drum and don't run the dryer or any other appliance if you are leaving the house

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when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer and the vent line?next time send the brand name and model number off of the machine,just cleaning off the lint filter isn't good enough,you should have the dryer taken apart,clean the duct that the filter slides into,vac out the cabinet where the motor is and if the vent line is a long run from the back of the dryer to the outside you can remove the vent line from the back of the dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower,as long as there isn't a cage or anything on the outside hood stick the leaf blower in the vent line and blow the lint outside,also while you have the vent line off the back start the dryer and make sure you feel air blowing out the back of the dryer,if it doesn't you could have a problem with the blower wheel the dryer should be cleaned out at least once a year if it's gas and once every 1 1/2 to 2 years if it's electric.hope this helps and good luck with your dryer.

Jan 05, 2012 | Dryers

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The dryer works fine in TimeDry mode, but in Intellidry mode it dries very slowly. The "Moisture Moniture" indicator lights start and stay at "Less Dry". I have replaced the moisture sensor which didn't change the performance at all. Any suggestion for what to test or replace would be appreciated. Thanks

you could have bad gas coils.if the timer doesn't advance in auto dry most likely you're having heat problems,when the dryer heats and then the heat shuts off then the timer will advance,when the heat comes back on the timer stops,it does this until the clothes are dry.gas coils when starting to fail will work normally until they get hot and then no heat until the coils cool down then they will work again,on time dry the timer just keeps counting down until the time runs out no matter what's happening to the dryer.i've seen the coils fail after the first 10 minutes and other times for 20 to 30 minutes but usually if the load is big and in time dry the clothes will feel warm and you'll need to dry them a second time to get them fully dry,also while you're in ther you should clean out the dryer at least once a year,clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vacuum out the cabinet where the motor is and blow out the vent line,if it's a long run i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,remove it from the back of the dryer,stick the leaf blower into the vent line and blow it out,i've blown out birds nest out of some lines, your clothes will dry on time,you won't go through so many parts and you won't have to worry about a dryer fire,the gas coils are on top of the gas valve,remove the two phillips screws,lift off the cover and change out the coils.next time you use the dryer keep an eye on it,after it runs for 20 minutws start checking it,you'll hear a click,then another click and the flame will lite,look into the gas tube and if the flame isn't liting then you have bad gas coils.

Sep 10, 2011 | Maytag MDG7600AW Gas Dryer

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The dryer is taking a lot longer to dry now than before. I'm sure it's not lint, insufficient gas supply or the vent needing cleaned. The cooling light is staying on solid and the drying light blinks, no matter what settings we have it on. Should the cooling light stay on like that?


If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have nottaken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then youneed to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should takeplace. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causesfor your dryer to fail.

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Aug 06, 2011 | LG DLG2524 Gas Dryer

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Dryer 'runs', just doesn't develop ANY heat. We

If you have a gas dryer, your problem is probably caused by the ingition panel.Generally, with a gas dryer, there is an ignition device that heats to a specific temperature and this causes the gas to ignite. When this electric ignition fails to work, the gas will not ignite and there will be no heat. I had this happen and had to call a professional. It was a simple matter of installing a new ignition device and it worked perfectly for years. I hope this helps! If it is a new dryer, check to see if this part might be covered under warranty.If this helps solve your problem, please come back to Fixya and rate my advice

Jul 25, 2011 | KitchenAid Dryers

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Dryer says cloths are dry but they are still damp. Is there a sensor I can change ? This is a kenmore elite he4

what's the model number?if it's gas you could have bad gas coils,the coils will work for the first 15 to 30 minutes and then no heat,when the coils are failing they will work until they get hot then stop working,when they cool they will work again,also when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer and vent line?if it's gas you should do this once a year,electric once every two years,you have to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the cabinet where the motor is and if the vent line is a long run from the back of the dryer to the outside i use a leaf blower to blow out the line.you can remove the bottom panel,start the dryer with clothes in it and after 15 to 30 minutes see if the flame still lites if it's gas,if it doesn't change out the gas coils located on top of the gas valve.

May 15, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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