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Clothes not drying

Drum is turning, heating element appears to be working great as clothes are warm, but not drying. Great exhaust from rear exhaust, and exhaust air is hot. But took wife 3 loads to dry load of towels.

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  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    I have a hot point dryer. It is working but the clothes come out semi wet

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Drum turns but the air is cold, no heat to dry the clothes

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Machine thrum turns but the air is. Cold, not drying clothes



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A couple of possibilities to check. First, is the lint trap empty? If so, then the symptoms point to hot air bypassing the drum. Look for broken or misaligned plastic ducting inside the dryer itself. Check the exhaust air for moisture, as that is a better indicator than temperature. Don't forget that towels hold an enormous amount of water, & can be extremely long in drying, especially if not spun enough.

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