I have a stackable washer/dryer. It takes 2 hours for it to dry.When you put your hand on the side of the dryer it practically burns you so I know it's getting heat. The vents have all been cleaned, except for the one to the roof b/c the maintanance guy refuses to do it. I have an aluminum duct hooked up to it. My brother mentioned m/b it's the blower?
I have a GE model electric dryer, DDE6500GAL, with the same problem. I've already had a chimney sweep clean out the venting system and still the same problem. In reading jrsrock516's comment, I'm wondering if I have the problem because of how my venting system runs. I live in a condo so would not be so easy to reroute... I'm going to try what you recommend to see if it is, in fact, my dryer or the vent line. I've been told to get a new dryer and that would solve the problem. Apparently, others within this living area had the same problem, and it was out with the old in with the new.
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Re: Takes 2 hours to dry
Anytime you have the duct going up and out like your is there will be a problem and to make sue your problem is in the vent he wont clean out is to disconnect the hose from back of dryer and run a load and i bet the cabinet wont get hot anymore and it will dry as should and then tell him to do his job and clear the vent and if he dont talk to the apt manager / larry
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Do you mean a Hotpoint Aquarius WDL 540 washer? The wash cycle timing is available in the manual on page 8 of the manual (see link below). A normal-sized cottons wash at 40 degrees C takes about 150 minutes (2 1/5 hours) if you have good water pressure and do not use too much detergent. The coloreds cycle is shorter (just under 90 minutes). The indicator lights on the very right hand side (in a downward slash pattern) give the cycle status information. The top light is wash, and the next one down is rinse. The rest are Spin, Dry and End of Cycle. See page 7 of the manual. The function buttons, below the wash temperature and drying time/humidity selection knobs, are from left to right: Super Wash, Extra Rinse, Mini Load, Slow Spin. These are given on page 9. The dryer dial gives you the choice of selecting a dry time from 40-180 minutes or by humidity. The humidity options are Iron (leaves clothes slightly damp), Hanger (ready to put away) and Cupboard (to dry heavy items like towels to a very dry stage). Note the dryer can't manage as large a load as the washer function does. You may need to split the load after doing the wash.
I understand that the dryer portion of your laundry center, model#FEX831FS2, takes too long to dry, even after making sure the vents are clear. First, I suggest checking the exhaust duct, making sure it is at least 4 inches in diameter and made of rigid or flexible metal. Secondly, make sure the duct has no more than two 90 degree bends and must not exceed length listed in the INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. Lastly, make sure your dryer is connected to a 240 volt circuit. Drying time will be 20% longer than drying on a 240 volt circuit. I ask that you please follow up with a comment on the post, at your convenience, to advise if further troubleshooting is needed or if your dryer status has changed successfully.
Hello uucyc1- From what you have described it sounds like you either have a problem with the washer tub bearing, belt, motor or trunnion (steel bar that secures the inner basket to the transmission shaft). As far as the dryer, long dry times typically are a result of poor air flow. Make sure that the dryer exhaust vent is completely clear and that the unit is not overloaded. I would suggest contacting an experiencing service technician to determine the precise cause to both units.
first things first. if any dryer regardless of brand takes 2-3 hours to dry cloths 90% of the time it is your exhaust duct. take the exhaust duct off the back of the dryer and dry some clothes if the clothes dry fast then you need to have your exhaust duct cleaned. either DIY or call a professional
if it still takes a long time to dry then it could be the thermostats or the thermistor.
but in my experience its normally the exhaust duct.
sounds as if you may have an issue with a blocked/clogged ventin, perhaps wher it leaves the home, a unit that is not able to expell the heat will tend to not dry the clothes properly, 2-3x to dry a good sign of venting issue
check the duct work going out of the house if it is clogged the clothes wont dry. Birds love to build nest in a open dryer vent and if you have any bends lint will build up get these clean and it should get you drying again let me know what you find bill
An easy way to check dryer function is to check the airflow on the outside of your home at the exhaust the vent. While the dryer is running, and hot, put your hand near the outlet. The air coming out should be hot and forceful. If not, there is most likely an obstruction, and the whole airway should be cleaned. Keeping the airway clean and clear can dry clothes faster and save you money.
Another possibility is the blower,(fan) which can become encrusted with lint, preventing it from moving air. This is much less likely, but still a possibility.
Having a vertical vent that runs up inside a wall or in the attic is one of the worst set ups you can provide for a dryer. This could very well be the cause of your problem. Rule of thumb: the SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the ducting, the better. Anywhere there is a bend, sag or kink in the vent tubing it presents a potential spot for lint to accumulate. With vertical runs, gravity eventually wins and lint will start fill up in the vent line and starve the dryer for air. What is happening to your dryer is that it is actually overheating because it is not ventilating properly. If allowed to run in its current condition, the dryer will eventually fail. The thermal cut-out and/or heating element will not take this condition for very long (not to mention you run a good possibly of creating a FIRE HAZARD). I would strongly recommend cleaning the entire vent line from where it leaves the back of the dryer to where it exits your home. I would then consider rerouting it if possible. If in doubt, a simple test to determine if the problem is your dryer, or the ventilation is to remove the vent line from the back of the dyer and run one load. If the air leaving the dryer is forceful and warm, clothes dry properly and the dryer does not get real hot, you have a vent line problem. If the air is weak, cold and clothes still take a long time to dry, the problem is inside the dryer (probably a clogged blower fan assembly). Post back if you have any further questions/concerns. I hope this helps you find the source of your problem.