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Hello, my name is Shannon. My Dryer is drying really slowly all of a sudden. I was wondering if there was anything I could do, before calling a repair man.

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  • terace3 Feb 18, 2009

    My dryer is working, there is some heat but the clothes are VERY slow to dry. We just moved in to our new home---it was working fine before we moved.

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Shannon:
Assuming that the dryer is still getting hot, your problem is likely lint buildup in the exhaust vent.  Over time lint will build up in the vent pipes, eventually restricting the air flow so much that the dryer takes far longer to dry the close.  Not only is this annoying and wasteful of energy, it can also be a fire hazard.
The good news is that you can fix this yourself.  Lowes sells a dryer vent cleaner called the LintEater. I purchased this two weeks ago and used it and, wow, what a difference!  If you have a long exhaust pipe, there is an extension kit as well.  I used both and now my dryer is working like when we built our house 10 years ago.
The kit works best with a ShopVac to vacuum out the lint as the rotating brush dislodges it.
Otherwise, check your local yellow pages for someone to clean it for you.
Hope that helps!
Nick

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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