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Dryer takes more than one cycle to dry clothes

I have a GE front load dryer that is a few years old. It gets warm but is not drying my clothes complete. It usually take more than one or two cycles. Please help!!! The lint vent is clean, plus i cleaned the front lint vent.

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Re: dryer takes more than one cycle to dry clothes

Did you clean the entire length of the vent ducting? Or, did you only clean the lint trap on the dryer and the exhaust vent outside? If you didn't clean the ducting as well, you may still have a clog somewhere causing your dryer to be "starved" for air. A dryer needs proper air flow to dry properly. One way to check is to turn the dryer on and go outside to the exhaust vent opening. Feel to see if you have sufficient air flow. If the air flow is weak, you have a clog. If not, you may have a high limit thermostat cutting off prematurely, not allowing the heating element to heat long enough. Check your ducting first and let me know if this helps.

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You may have a clogged air vent, check that the air vent hose is not smashed, if it is not smashed, have your dryer vent cleaned professionally, all the way from where the dryer connects to the wall to where the vent leaves the home,
Recheck the dryer operation, dryer vents should be cleaned every other year for optimum performance

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The most common reason for your problem is the cycling thermostat. This is cheap and relatively easy to fix. GE cycling thermostats require turning OFF the power and removing the front of the dryer. It's located on the blower housing. Two wires, two screws. If you have an ohm meter, a good one will read zero ohms.

The other possibility is the heater element. GE has a dual element. If half of this heater breaks, it takes a long time to dry towels and jeans. Incredibly, GE gets about $200 for these because you can't replace only the heating coil (which was only about $30)... you have to buy the whole unit. This requires removal of the drum. Not impossible for do-it-yourselfers, but it's a challenge for first timers.

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