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Takes a long time to dry one load

Dryer takes three+ cycles to dry one load. Worst dryer I've ever owned!!! Has done this since day one. We've had it for three+ years now...

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  • zombiedon Nov 29, 2008

    Will do, I forgot to that the venting tube had fallen off the dryer. I found lint laying under, behind the dryer! The only problem I could see was the tube had ben dry rotten at the end near the hose clamp. I taped it untill i buy a new one.

  • zombiedon Nov 29, 2008

    Ok, here is what I found....the exhuast tube that runs throught the foundation is not connected to the vent tube. The air is blowing into the crawl space. Tomorrow I guess I'll have to crawl under there with a new vent tube.



    Even though the the air is venting into the crawlspace, wouldn't this be enough?



    Thanks for the help

  • zombiedon Nov 29, 2008

    We clean the lint trap ever load and I'll remove the duct fromt the dryer and check the air flow. I can only imagine how long this has been going on. I hope there isn't damage under there. :( really not looking forward to crawling under there, but it's important that it gets done! I understand fully what could happen.



    The only problem is, in order for me to get behind the dryer, I need to pull the washer out. Previous owners had a water heater installed in the laundry room and the space is limited. No time today, but will do tomorrow.

  • zombiedon Nov 30, 2008

    Ok, here is what I found...the plastic duct work looked very old, most likely original with the house(35 yrs). The other end was laying on the ground filled with damp lint. There was no air flow! I have a load of cloths in the wash now and will find out how well the dryer works in an hour or so.


    Thanks for all the help!!! :)

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The fact that the dryer takes so long to dry indicates either an air flow problem or a "heating" problem. You don't say weather the units gets hot or not but you do say that it has been giving you this problem for 3 years so I'll assume that it does heat. You should make sure that there is air flowing through the dryer by just going to where the dryer is exhausted to the outside after turning on the unit and see if it is blowing hot air out. If there is good airflow but it is not hot you may have a bad element or thermostate and you should contact a professional to diagnose the exact problem and repair it. If there is not a strong warm airflow from the exhaust then you probably have an airflow restriction of some type. The first thing to check is the lint filter. Every dryer has a lint filter that should be cleaned out after each load. Check you owners manual to find the location of yours and make sure it's clean. If it is plugged, clean it and check the airfow again. If that does't solve the problem, you need to determine if the dryer vent hose is kinked or plugged. The vent hose is usually located at the bottom of the back of the dryer and are usually only attached with a clamp of some type. Just disconnect the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer, turn the dryer on and check the air flow at the dryer exhaust. The there is little or no air blowing out of the dryer it could be a defective fan. This is a complicated repair and should be done by a professional. If the exhaust coming out of the dryer is strong you know the problem is with the exhaust hose so check for kinks, crushed duct or blockage and repair it then re-connect the exhaust duct to the dryer, turn on the dryer and go back out to the outside exhaust and see if it is now blowing strong. GOOD LUCK. I hope this resolves your problem.

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  • Michael Leahy Nov 29, 2008

    Hey Zombiedon,

    If the dryer is in fact exhausting into the crawl space, that should be enough exaust to dry the clothes so I would double check that lint trap and also make sure that the exhaust coming directly out of the dryer is strong, warm and moist (if there are clothes in the drum). Also I would repair the fact that the exhaust is going into the crawl space and get that warm moist air outside of the house "cause it could cause you some nasty problems, (ie. rot and or mold) if you let the exaust continue to be dumped into the crawl space.

  • Michael Leahy Nov 30, 2008

    Well Zombiedon,

    Sounds to as though you've solved the problem. Well done.

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Try running dryer with venting disconnected to eliminate that as the problem. Thanks, please leave feedback or contact me again for more info if you need it.

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