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Dryer takes 3-4 cycles to dry clothes

We checked everything, ducts, electrical and everything is fine but it still takes 3-4 cycles to dry 4 towels.... could the fact that we live at a higher altitude be part of the problem. Have even tried running them through the spin cycle of the washer twice prior to putting in the dryer.

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Check if the outdoor vent is clogged by lint. Also, check the tube going from the dryer to the wall. If the air outlet is blocked, the dryer takes very long. I had the same problem.

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Hi first are you sure your heating element is good and working is the dryer getting hot in side when you open door to check clothes.if they are and you are sure the duct work is clear and no clogs, you might try this I have heard this from other people take your lint filter out and wash good with hot soapy water they say that after so long using dryer sheets this filter can get a invisible coating on it.
Hold the filter under water and see if it will holds water I know it sounds crazy but I have heard it from more than one source.

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