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Inside of dryer ducting system clogged with lint

Our dryer has been getting slower to dry I can see down in the lower left corner below the lint trap that it is at least partially clogged. I cannot figure out how to get into the bottom of the unit to clean it. Lifted the top but without completely dis-assembling the drum etc. cannot get there. Any suggestions

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Pull your dryer out from the wall and unplug then take of the back cover and looking at the back on the left once the cover is off there is a circular box that has a fan in it if you carfully remove that box it is probly full of lint.

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The heating element is working on high heat and clothes are tumbling but after several cycles the clothes aren't dry. The lint trap has been cleaned out. Suggestions?


the ducting is clogged or at least partially clogged (most likely at an elbow).
Also check the vent itself where it exits the home for bird nests etc.
Lowes sells a nice kit for cleaning vents in the plumbing department. I have
used it and it works well. Please note that the dryer may also be clogged
inside just below the lint filter inside the door or if it has a top mounted
lint filter it would be the blower stack located in the back of the machine
Remember to shut off breakers before performing any service to the machine.

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I pulled out the lint trap to clean it and it was overloaded with lint. Most of the lint fell back and when I turned on the dryer, it blew out but it started making a very loud rattling noise and smelled...


If you are feeling resistance trying to re-insert the lint screen most likely the duct has clogged further down (a load of my husband's shop rags packed mine solid one day). Needless to say it's not safe to run it like this due to the risk of fire.

You can try using a dryer lint trap brush to dislodge the clog. But with it being clogged to this extent probably the best way to make sure it's cleaned out properly is to remove the duct inside the dryer. This would involve taking the back off the dryer and some dissasembly, so if you're not comfortable with doing that please call a professional.

If you feel comfortable with doing this, FIRST make SURE the breaker to your dryer is off and the dryer is unplugged.

1. Turn the dryer around and remove the vent hose from the bottom.
2. Remove the screws to take the back panel of the dryer off.

With the back panel off, you will see the duct on the left hand side that leads from your lint filter on the top of the dryer to the blower housing at the bottom.

3. Remove your lint filter from the top, while doing so note that there are 2 screws right next to it on the top, remove these 2 screws being careful not to loose them in the duct. These hold the top of the duct to the dryer.

4. Next follow the duct down to where it mounts at the bottom to the blower housing, you will need to remove these screws also. there also may be a couple midway up that will be securing the duct in the dryer.

The duct should then be able to be removed from the dryer. Clean it out throughly, be careful, the edges are very sharp in places. Re-install, being careful not to drop the 2 top screws back down into the duct while replacing (you may want to install the lint filter first).

This video shows the procedure of the duct (or airbox) being removed and cleaned with the exception of the removal of the top 2 screws by the lint screen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXNOH_8A7xA&feature=related

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I have a whirlpool dryer (LER7646EQ2) that is heating but clothes take forever to dry and the lint trap appears to be trapping less lint


Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance. Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum.

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I have been noticing that my dryer is taking much long to dry items these days. I have cleanded out the lint area with a vaccuum (as I periodically do) and I only seem to collect lint in the left corner...


Hello there:
It normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these. Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance. Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it. Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician. Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

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there is a vent cleaning kit that can be baught at lowes or home depot and comes with attachments to get down inside the lint trap to be vaccumed out.
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Dryer not drying


HI, Check the following to address this issue further.

Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.(clear the lint trap as well)

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat. These thermostats are located in the dryer vent duct and sometimes mounted on the blower assembly as well.

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I have constant lint buildup in the exhaust pipe. Why isn't the lint trap catching it?


No lint trap catches ALL the dryer lint. Some small particles of lint are always exhausted through the dryer exhaust along with warm moist air as your clothes dry. In a perfect world, this lint makes it all the way to the end of the dryer exhaust and exits your home. However, if you have any kinks, excessive bends, sags, or excessively long ducting runs, the can create choke points for lint to accumulate. This creates resistance and makes and condensation forms inside the dryer vent. With condensation, comes areas where lint can accumulate. Once the lint accumulates, it begins to collect moisture. As it collects enough moisture, it will act as a sponge and collect more lint until the dryer becomes completely clogged. Left in a clogged state, the dryer begins to overheat and dries less efficiently. You may notice longer dry times or an excessively hot dryer. Eventually the dryer heating circuits will fail. This can also become a fire hazard if the lint becomes so backed up that it begins to collect on, or near, the heating element.

If you have not checked the dryer ventilation any time recently, now may be a good time to do so. I recommend checking it about once per season to ensure it is not obstructed. Make sure you are also using the semi-rigid metal type ducting. It resists crushing, kinking, resists heat better, and resists rodent infestation.

NOTE: Mice are notorious for building nests inside dryers. Give them a warm place with bedding material and they will make it a home.

Make sure the exhaust vent is at least 12 inches off the ground. This will deter mice and others pests (like snakes or birds) from entering the dryer exhaust from the outside. If you place a cover on the vent, make sure it is of the louvered variety. Do not use screens. They will collect lint and clog easily.

An easy test to determine if you have an exhaust problem is to remove the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer. Turn the dryer on and allow it to run. The air leaving the back of the dryer should be forceful and warm. If the air flow is weak, you need to check the dryer interior. If the air flow is normal, reattach hose and run the dryer again. This time, check the exhaust vent where it exits your home. Again, the air flow should be forceful and warm. If not, you have a clog somewhere in the ventilation ducting which will require cleaning.

NOTE: If you are using plactic ducting, get rid of it. It collapses easy, rips and mice will chew right through it.

In addtion, many home owners unknowingly will push the dryer against the wall and crush the hose behind it. This will also clog the vent and make the dryer inefficient. Leave about a 1 foot space behind the dryer for proper ventilation and ensure the vent hose does not get crushed. Semi-rigid hose will prevent this from happening.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I have seen this problem many times. Let me know what you find and if I can be of further assistance. I hope this helps you.

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Check the following areas thoroughly to address this issue.


1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.

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