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Dryer warm but not hot, long dry times

Our dryer gets warm but not hot and it seems to take double the time to dry things. The outside vent seems like it is blowing ok and the air coming out is warm. My wife says she thinks the top surface of the dryer used to be hotter than it is now.
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  • filters Jan 23, 2009

    Thanks, John. How can I tell if an element is out?

  • filters Jan 23, 2009

    I think it seems to blowing pretty well from the outside vent so I don't guess the line is clogged. Can I take the cover off the dryer and somehow check to see if an element is out?



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Some times there are multiple heating elements in there and if one is out it does not get as hot. another simpler place to start would be to make sure your line is clear of debries all the way from dryer to out doors. this is a good idea any way since lint build up can cause the occasional house fire.

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  • johnjmunger Jan 23, 2009

    there should be a noticable difference in the temperature of you clothing when your heat should be at is highest. try putting a load in and run for ten minutes or so then open it up if your clothes are not hot to the touch that is probably your problem or your single element is now weak. but do not rule out a some what cloged line.

  • johnjmunger Jan 23, 2009

    sorry got busy last night. I would recomend only a profesional service these things since there are lots of different ways to go about it. and make sure it is unplugged before you attempt to open it up. there is substantial power in there.



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