Dryer is slow dryng takes two cycles compared to regular dryer
As the model number you provided indicates this is a gas dryer, you need to open up the access panel, above the washer compartment, to clean out the dryer compartment.
It is likely that either the gas burner components have been covered in lint and dust and are getting shut off sooner than they should because of overheating of the thermocouple safety device, etc.
First, make sure that the power is turned off to the washer/dryer unit and turn off the gas supply valve, so you don't have any issues with getting a electric shock or getting a gas leak/build up.
Once you've done that, you can remove the two (2) access screws that will let you get into the lower dryer compartment where the gas burner and control devices are located (this is the panel just above the washer lid, the angled section).
Now vaccum out all the lint and dust buildup you can see and check that everything is free of dust and lint inside this area. Pay special attention to the gas burner and gas inlet orifices, as anything in there can and will cause the dryer to shut off and thus, not operate properly in getting your clothes dry in a normal drying cycle.
Also, check to see that the dryness sensors inside the dryer drum (silver bars up near the top left or right of the dryer drum) are clean and don't have any residue or buildup on them. This can also cause the dryer to register erraticly when using the automatic drying cycles versus the timed drying cycle. Use a good glass cleaner and wipe these sensors with a clean cloth rubbing them briskly to remove any residue or contaminent that might be deposited on the sensors.
Now completely clean out the exhaust vent all the way from the dryer to the outside location of the vent. Having any blockage of the vent can and will cause the thermal overload protective device to function and turn off the gas burner that provides the heat to dry your clothes. So be absolutely certain that the entire vent exhaust is clean and free of any lint buildup from the dryer all the way to the outside vent (yes I mean't to repeat that!) You'll have to remove the outside vent grate/cover to check for any buildup/obstructions there.
Now you can run a load to see if you've gotten the problem solved, if not, it could be a control module, but 80% of the time, it is nothing more than a "housekeeping" issue that causes loads not to completely dry on the first cycle. So please do some cleaning and checking and you should be back getting your clothes dry on the first cycle!
Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!
Oct 20, 2009 |
Whirlpool WGT3300SQ Dryer