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Dryer's Taking Too Long to Dry

One of the most common misconception's about dryers that are heating but taking way too long to dry is, oh no my dryer is broke, or something is wrong with my element.
This may sometimes be true in a sense, but usually not. A dryer depends on proper air flow to expel the warm, moist air from your clothes to the outside of your home. Most dryer exhaust problems are not at the dryer but from the wall to the outside.
The best and quickest and most fun way is to use an electric leaf blower to clear every thing in the exhaust line out, even water and critters that may find there way in. An inexpensive leaf blower from any major chain,Walmart, Kmart, Lowes or Home Depot will usually have fairly inexpensive ones.
Pull the dryer form the wall and disconnect the exhaust from the wall vent. Place the end of the blower inside the vent and turn it to the high setting. Now take an extension cord that is not plugged into the wall yet and connect to the blower. Push the dryer back against the blower so it will hold the blower in place. Now that you are set plug the other end into the electrical outlet and let it run for about 10 minutes. Go to the outside where the exhaust exits your home and watch all the stuff fly. The blower is blowing approx. 230 mph winds thru your entire exhaust which will also help clean the walls also of lint and debris build up. Do this once a year and you will save problems for your dryer, the life of the dryer and most important service problems that end up costing much more than the blower and 10 minutes of your time.
Good luck and thank you for reading and by the way, kids will love watching this too.

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Overloading
1. One of the simplest problems to remedy could simply be that you are putting too many items inside the machine during the drying cycle. Avoid overloading your dryer, as this might cause your dryer to work extra hard to dry your clothing, extending the length of the dry cycle.
Wrong Heat Setting
2. A common issue with clothes dryers could be the wrong heat setting. Most home dryers feature several settings, from low heat settings to high heat and permanent press. Be sure the setting you choose is right for your needs. Another setting to check is the load size of your dryer. If you are drying a large amount of clothes, be sure the setting for large loads on high heat is selected. Choosing the wrong heat setting or load size can cause your clothes and linens to take longer to dry.
Lint Trap
3. One of the simplest fixes for drying issues might just be that your lint trap is clogged. Each time you use your dryer, lint will form in the trap. If the lint trap and vents are full, this could block air going into your dryer and slow down if not completely stop the drying process. After you use your dryer, remove this lint trap and empty it fully. Even if the lint trap is full, your other dryer vents might be clogged as well.
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4. If your clothes are in the dryer for a long amount of time, but still not drying, the reason for this could be a clogged vent. A sign that your vent is clogged is if your clothes are warm or hot to the touch after sitting in the dryer, but still damp. To unclog your dryer vent, you may need professional assistance. This is especially necessary if your dryer vent leading out of the house is particularly long.
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5. If the dryer is not getting enough heat to dry your clothes,something could be wrong with the heating system. After the drying cycle, touch your clothes to see if they are warm. If not, this means that the heating mechanism is malfunctioning. It will need to be repaired or replaced by a professional.

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