The timer to dry clothes has been getting longer and longer
Ever since we got this dryer. The first day the timer said something like 75 min to dry on very dry setting. Now it's been 2 years, with every load, it got a minute or two longer. I'm now at 1 hour and 26 minutes. Tomorrow it will be like 1 hour 27 minutes. Is there something I need to do to stop this from progressively getting longer? is this normal??
Re: The timer to dry clothes has been getting longer and...
You need to make sure the lint catch area and the whole venting system is cleaned out. It sounds as if the lint is building up and causing a blockage, making drying time longer and longer. Especially if the dryer is doing this on Sensor dry and Time dry settings. There are many different products to use, but the LINTEATER by Gardus is fanatstic, you can usually get it at any hardware/home improvement store. Depending on how long your venting system is it also has an extension kit available.
The lint catch area beneath the screen is a pain to get into, you can buy an attachment for your vac, a thin flexible one is best. There are many online and in stores.
But the best way to really clean the lint catch area is removing the lower front panel of the dryer. A service manual would show you how.
But if you haven't checked & cleaned or had a company clean the venting system in awhile I wouldn't use the dryer until doing so. It could be very dangerous if there is a blockage. VERY DANGEROUS.
If all your venting and lint catch area is clear and there still is a problem, it could be the moisture sensor or temp sensors in the dryer. If you're not familiar with checking these things w/ a service manual yourself, a service call would be best.
Also, make sure whatever you are using to connect the dryer vent to the wall/roof venting system is a good quality connection with as few loops, turns etc..as possible. Make it as short and straight as you can w/ a better quality material.
Good luck, and please check that venting system ASAP ; )
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A dryer moisture sensor can stop working without notice, until you notice your clothes being over dried or still wet at the end of the cycle. It is a good practice to test the dryer moisture sensor periodically. There are two types of moisture-detecting sensors for dryers. Once you understand how they work you will see how to test each one. 1. Sensor BarThese sensors contain digits that protrude outwardly. They work on an electrical current and the moisture from the clothing. The first step to test is to place completely dry clothes in the dryer and turn on the dryer; it should run for a few moments and then shut down right away. Secondly, place damp clothes into the dryer, turn on the dryer and watch the timer. As the clothes begin to dry the timer will move and shut off. 2. ThermostatThe timer is regulated by the thermostat. The thermostat rests in a closed position. To test this type of moisture sensor, place damp clothes in the dryer. Watch the timer; as the clothes begin to dry, the thermostat should open and the timer will move forward ,eventually shutting off.
For a gas dryer:
Assuming the dryer is working properly and the control cycles are ok, look for things like a restricted venting system which inclides the exhaust, lint screen, etc. This would be the large pipe connected to the dryer exhaust that vents outside.
If it's an electric dryer, there could be issues with heating elements, thermostats, a control board, the timer, etc. Also check for any excessive lint build-up.
Clean off the moisture sensor bars. They are the silver curved strips about 4 inches long inside the drum near the lint fitler. If you use fabric softner sheets, a waxy build up will coat the bars. The dyer can no longer sense the damp clothes, so it goes into the cool down and then shuts off. Time dry bypasses the moisture sensor.
This is caused by the dryer vent being blocked and not allowing the moist air to be removed from the dryer. To confirm this. Dry a load of close in a timed dry setting. Set the time on a specific time and then start the dryer. Wait for about 5 min. See if the timer has moved. If it has then the problem is not the timer. It is the exhaust vent being plugged up somewhere. Moisture how the auto dry setting works. The dryer sences moisture and runs longer to dry your clothes. With the dryer exhaust vent blocked, wet moist air is comming back into the dryer and fooling the sensor into believing the close are not dry and runs for a very long time. It is not uncommon for this problem to cause a dryer to never shut off. Your dryer exhaust vent is plugged up with lint somewhere.
Have you cleaned the exhaust ducting? The duct that runs from inside to outside. Try that first. Sounds like your exhaust line is blocked. Also with the filter out get a flash light and look down the venting if alot of lint vaccum out. NOTE: Unplug the unit, wheather gas or electric.....and if it is a gas shut off the gas to the dryer before moving just in case something gets loose while moving. Hope this helps.