Cleaned vent hose, dryer still taking forever to dry clothes.
When I removed the hose from the back of the dryer water and wet lint fell all over the floor. I cleaned the hose out and reattached but I am still having the same problem with the dryer taking up to 3 hours to dry clothes.
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You have a family of squirrels living in the rest of the vent tube which is leading outside...check vent outside. I once had flying squirrels come into my house through the dryer vent! My dog had a kitten.
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This may be a heating element issue.
If you want to do a few things before calling someone, you would want to start by making sure all of your dryer settings are set correctly. Some dryers have "air" settings or "delicates" settings. These settings are going to be very low heat so the clothes are not ruined.
Also make sure that the lint screen has been cleaned each and every time you have started a new load. If not, you can UNPLUG the dryer, pull the dryer out and with some simple tools, take the back off and vacuum what you can get to. If it's very dirty you'll want to call a professional. You'll need it cleaned and your problem diagnosed. If cleaning the lint screen is not something you have done on a regular basis, then please start. This could be a fire hazard if it is not cleaned regularly.
Another thing to check is your vent or vent hose. Depending on how your set up is, if your hose is crimped behind the dryer and the heat can't escape, the clothes will not be able to dry. This would only be something if you have some heat but clothes are not drying. Also, sometimes due to the age of the hose, previous use, not cleaning the lint screen, etc, the venting from the house to the outside could be clogged. Again, there will be some heat, but the clothes will seem to take forever to dry.
Dear Barry, Try 2 things. One, be certain the clothes are very dry coming out of the washing machine. If the washer leaves the clothes wet ( like the belt might be slipping), it can take the dryer forever to finish drying the clothes. You can tell by hand-wringing them. You should not be able to get any water out of them by hand-wringing after they have spun dry in the washer. Two, try running a load with the vent hose unhooked off the back of the dryer. If this fixes the problem, you are having a "clogged vent" issue somehow. Be blessed.
Long drying times can commonly be the result of improper or restricted venting.
Examine your vent hose. How long is it? Too many bends?
Check to make sure your vent hose is clear and free of an restrictions.
If vented outside, is the flap opening properly and free of lint buildup and is the hose clear?
Pull your dryer away from the wall and disconnect the vent hose, use a vacuum or brush to clean out the inside of the hose, sometimes shaking the hose a bit (if possible) will free any lint buildup that your vacuum or brush may have missed.
Don't overlook cleaning out the pipe that the hose connects to on the back of the dryer.
Lastly if you have a lint filter that's on the top like mine, remove the lint filter and check for obstructions there, use a lint filter brush and clean well, this is often overlooked and a major cause of poor drying, overheating, or fire.
Dryer needs to be cleaned. Unplug, take off back and vacuum all lint out of dryer, also take off vent and vacuum inside of vent area. Then clean dryer vent from inside of house to where it exits. Make sure all lint removed. Lint holds moisture and causes dryer not to be able to release steam caused by heating wet clothes, thus clothes don't dry.
if you have the top model lint filter take it out put your hand in and see if you have good air sucken,if not you have a clogg somewhere in the dryer hose or wall vent,most of the time it is the wall vent, if the hot wet air can't get out the cloths will take forever to dry-mike
You will need to check the dryer venting system for a restriction. If there is a restriciton in the venting system the dryer will get hot but the clothes will stay wet due to the moisture never leaves the dryer. First check the air flow at the vent exit located outside. Verify that there is plenty of airflow. Make sure the vent screen is not plugged. Then remove the screen and visually inspect for excessive lint. Then go inside and check the moisture vent hose behind the dryer. Verify that the vent hose is not kinked or restricted. Then remove the hose and clear out any excessive lint. Then check the vent opening at the back of the dryer for any excessive lint build-up. There is a vent cleaning kit that you can purchase from any home improvement store that you can use to clean out the venting system also. When you are done airflow should be good and clothes should properly dry.
Sometimes blower wheels will get loose in dryers. Sometimes they will get a whole lump of lint in them or you can hear a rattling noise in the dryer, this is the blower wheel, its worn out and it can cause the fuse to blow too,or it can half *** work and take fifty forever's to dry the clothes.Or it could be just that the dryer needs a good blowing out .I use a lawn blower to get all the lint out of the dryer as well as the vent pipe and vent to outside. I take the filter HOUSING out and wash it also. That is, I remove the housing and clean is good! Making sure that the dryer is properly flowing air is a good thing!
You probably still have lint blocking the airflow somewhere. Remove the dryer from the vent hose and feel how much air is leaving the dryer. You should be getting a good flow. Hook it back up and check the air flow at the end of the dryer vent. Even though air still flows through the pipe the lint tends to adhere to the pipe walls and slows down the air flow. Similar to cholesteral adhering to the artery wall. A good cleaning will do wonders.
I know you cleaned the lint vent but your vent hose is clogged or damaged and there is no air exchange thru the dryer Air can only hold 100% humidity. You could dry your clothes for 10 hours but the air in the dryer is saturated with water and can not hold anymore so your clothes wont dry. Check behind your dryer and Ill bet the vent line is damaged. The problem is the air is not getting out of the dryer. Check the flapper at the end of the vent line. With the dryer running go to the end of the vent hose and there will be no air coming thru.
(Pull it out of the top of the dryer or inside the door and clean it )
Can you go outside and find the vent where the dryer exhausts air? when the dryer is running with clothes in it, is there air coming out? If not, It is plugged.
Whether you think it is pluggged or not,, go back inside and pull the dryer out from the wall carefully. If it is a stack job, get help!
Now the 6" diameter rippled tubing that connects from your dryer to the wall can be removed by loosening the clamp on the dryer with a screw dryer. I think you should carefully unplug the dryer before you start this!
Loosen the clamp and pull the hose off the back of the dryer. It may be full of lint and all sorts of interesting things which you need to clean out. Or you may find that it is not even connected. When you are satisfied that it is clean. place it back on the dryer (MAKE SURE it is not twisted) and tightened the clamp back on very well with the screwdriver. When you push the dryer back in place be careful not to push it in so far that you collapse this vent hose or twist it.
That's the dryer. NOW, when you remove the clothes from the washer do they feel still full of water? Is the washer spinning well and removing most of the water? If it is not this can cause your dryer to take forever to dry the clothes and it can also cause your dryer to overheat.
Whether you have a pile up of lint in your lint filter and hose or the washer is not spinning correctly, both are a huge fire hazard for the dryer, so TAKE CARE of this NOW. Please. and Good luck!