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It now takes 2 hours to dry towels

My dryer is 10-12 years old. It takes forever to dry anything, at least 3-4 times longer than it should. I just dried towels for 2 hours. I am going to check the outside vent tomorrow, but if that isn't clogged I'm not sure if I should pay to have it fixed, due to it's age. When do you just bite the bullet and buy a new one?

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Lets hit the eazy button first.dry a load with out the venting[wont hurt a thing]if ok its the house venting,if not dryer .GE is only brand that has two elements.so if not ge and heating element ok and its blockage in the dryer.hope that helps God bless ,tom

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