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Frigidaire AEQ8000 dryer doesn't completely dry clothes

We just purchase this dryer (along with the matching washer, which works great). The dryer won't completely dry our clothes. There almost always seems to be a bit of dampness in the clothes, whether a towel load, jeans load, socks and underwear load, or knit shirt load.

We tried using an extra spin on the washer to remove more moisture, but that didn't work. We tried using Maximum heat along with the More Dry option, but that didn't work. If we restart the dryver cycle (which always includes 5 minutes of drying before the automatic sensor adjustment occurs), the clothes come out nice and dry.

Is there anything else we should try or look out for before calling into Frigidaire or Sears (purchased there)?

Michael

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  • mohrmann1 Sep 15, 2008

    The Sears installers changed the configuration of the vent tubing. With our older dryer we had a short tube (older metal foil type not allowed with this dryer) that was about 15-18 inches long that went sideways from the dryer to the vent.



    The newly installed dryer has a 90° bend connect to the output of the dryer, a metal flexible tube that does vertical (yes, upward) about 12-18 inches, and then it loops 180° downward to connect to another 90° bend that connects to the tube that exhausts to the outside of the house.



    It is possible that this vent tube configuration could cause less than optimal performance for our dryer? I was thinking that restrictive venting would cause a dryer to over-dry clothes, not under-dry them as in our situation.

  • mohrmann1 Sep 16, 2008

    In case anyone has read this problem, I think I solved the drying problem by reconfiguring the venting. We now have one 90° bend connected to the dryer's vent tube and one 90° bend connected to the vent tube that exhausts outside the house (I was wrong before - Sears just curved the flexible metal tubing to connect to the outside vent tube - no 90° bend used there in the original installation).

    Connecting these two
    90° bends is a straight, 9" section of the metal flexible tubing. The outside vent tube is about 6" higher than the dryer vent tube, so the venting is slightly upward from the dryer to the outside vent.

    We just did a load with one pair of long pants, four pairs of twill shorts, three polo shirts, and two long sleeve twill shirts. Using High heat (rather than Maximum) and the Normal dry option (rather than More Dry), everything came out dry and surprisingly wrinkle-free (we normally wouldn't mix pants and shirts together like this, but we needed clothes for a test).

    We''l be doing some more laundry by this Thursday and Friday, so I will check back with what I hope is the final assessment. But based on this one clothes load, I would agree with the installation instructions to not use the metal flexible tubing if you need a vertical run at any point in the venting. For the AEQ8000, doing this causes the heater to under-dry the laundry.


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    My Frgidaire Affinity 7.0 cu ft Gas Dryer that I just purchased open box from Lowes has a precision dry light sensor that does not come on. No clothes in it yet.

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1. Gas valve coilsIgniter glows, then shuts off without igniting gas - the problem is probably with defective coils (black, located on top of the gas valve). It is recommended to replace all coils (usually two or three) if found defective.

Note: Sometimes the whole gas valve may be defective, thus not letting the gas out. However, this problem is not common.

2. Thermal fuse
Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.

3. Igniter
Igniter may burn out or break. Replace the igniter if found defective.

Note: Igniters are very fragile and break easily. It is recommended to handle the igniter only touching the ceramic part of it (usually white in color).

4. Flame sensor (or radiant heat sensor)
Replace the sensor (located near the igniter) if found defective.

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