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Re: towels won't get dry in GE dryer
There is a blower wheel that move the moist heat air out,i think you have a clogg on the dryer vent side or the wall vent side,they need to be cleared or the dryer holds the moist hot air in the dryer and takes forever to dry,let me know how you do--mike
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2 possible reasons, either the towels have not been spun at a high enough speed and are too wet, or the dryer is not getting hot enough because it is not switched to a high enough heat setting or there is a partial element or thermostat or humidity sensor failure.
You should spin your towels as fast as you can, 1000 MINIMUM but 1400 or more is better. Did it ever work? Is it a new drier? Is it getting hot? 45 mins is a short time anyway to dry a full load of towels.
How warm is "warm"? If the clothes are warm to hot after 15 minutes of running but not gettign dry, you do not have a heating element problem. Sounds like you still have an air flow problem. Does the heating element cycle often? You may have lint clogged at he entrance to the blower. This would be out of sight from the exhaust. Try removing the exhuast hose and running it in air-only and feel the amount of air leaving. It should feel like a lot of air coming out. If not, you will need to check the condition of the blower. I had this same issue and ended up pulling the blower cover off and pulled out a very large amount of lint..it was almost completely clogged. Afterwards it drys really fast! Good-Luck.
PS If you do not feel comfortable accessing the blower, you should have a professional do it for you.
The exhaust hose in the back will not affect whether the dryer will heat. The hose just removes the used hot air to a place outside your house. I assume dryer drum spins, but you get no heat. If the dryer has gotten a few years of use, I suspect that the heating element has gone bad. Have you noticed that it has taken longer and longer to dry clothes than it used to? If so, most probably the element is bad. The element is not unlike a heating element in an electric stove, and is housed in a duct inside the dryer.
A couple of possibilities to check. First, is the lint trap empty? If so, then the symptoms point to hot air bypassing the drum. Look for broken or misaligned plastic ducting inside the dryer itself. Check the exhaust air for moisture, as that is a better indicator than temperature. Don't forget that towels hold an enormous amount of water, & can be extremely long in drying, especially if not spun enough.