It's hard to summarize the exact issue with my dryer (Frigidaire M# GLER642AS0). First of all, it usually takes about 3 to 4 cycles to dry a load, the dryer gets hot (the back and top get hot, especially the back) but the drum seems to either get no heat or minimal heat. I tried cleaning the vent but it did nothing.
Later i took the lower back vent plate off and the tube that connects to the vent to see if it was blowing out heat and had good air flow, i ran the entire load this way and hot air was blowing out with good air flow. After the cycle ended, my clothes were practically dry, so i would call that a success. Anyways i know i cant run my dryer without the tube to the outside vent attached, can anyone tell me why that even made any difference?
Lastly i connected the tube back and ran a short load and noticed the top of the dryer got exceptionally hot like it normally does (which it did not when the tube was not connected). Would this be a factor? The back of my dryer has turned brown as well, as if its been burned. Its been this way for a while. Oh and there was a burning smell at first but dissipated as the cycle went on.
Sorry for all the information, trying to be thorough. Any suggestions on narrowing down my problem? Thanks!
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Re: Dryer not drying clothes properly
Replace the vent tubing, sounds like something is stuck or it is crushed somewhere. So replace it for about 5 dollars and see if that works. It should since you disconnect the hose and it drys right away
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Good Morning David, thank you for allowing me to assist you!
I understand your dryer is experiencing lack of heat. There are several factors that could cause this; some of which you can check prior to scheduling a professional.
Have you checked your lint filter recently? I ask because if a lint filter is full of lint it will restrict airflow and lengthen dry times. To keep your dryer working correctly, clean out the lint folder area after each and every use. Check the lint filter for any buildup of fabric softener that will also restrict airflow and wash with soapy water to clean. If the filter is damaged then it will need to be replaced.
Additionally to checking the lint trap area, please investigate the ventilation (duct work) system connecting to your dryer. Often we forget to clean this duct work therefore over time debris can restrict air flow. Check the air flow by disconnecting the accordion-like duct work from the dryer appliance. Run a drying cycle, with clothes inside the unit, but keeping the duct work disconnected. If you notice any improvement, then the ventilation duct work (often going through your floor or side wall) will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Also make sure you do not have multiple turns or kinks in the duct work. The more curves or turns this duct system has to take to exit the air outside, the more restricted it can get. The more restriction you experience the more time it will take the unit to dry.
Do you notice any unusual rumbling or rubbing noise when in use? This could indicate a faulty blower wheel. A blower wheel that is not firmly attached to the motor can slip and therefore not move air fast enough to properly dry clothes or even reduce airflow to the point where the high limit thermostat (a fuse like component) may trip and turn off the heat circuit. A loose blower wheel will usually make a rumbling noise that is easily noticed. Inspecting the blower wheel is usually a task for a professional considering you must take apart most of your appliance to make sure it is tight to the motor shaft.
If you have a gas dryer, gas valves could also cause you an issue. Defective gas valves can create a symptom of taking too long to dry if they are intermittent and require professional attention. A professional is needed to check for proper flame ignition for a complete drying cycle to determine if this may be your point of concern.
On many dryers you will find "drum seals" in between the unit's drum and the front door. The drum seals are used to prevent excess air from entering the dryer drum and act as a cushion between the drum and the front and rear access. The drum seals are made up of a felt like material. If the seal is torn, or is worn, then clothing can become stuck in the gap when the drum is turning. This can produce a scraping or thumping noise and the clothes can also be ripped and/or have black marks on them. This will also affect your drying time tremendously.
While you are checking the drum seals please check the door of your dryer as well. When the door is closed in gas and electric dryers the door seal helps to keep cooler air from entering the drum. Keeping the correct temperature at all times inside the dryer ensures that the clothes will dry efficiently. If clothes are not drying then inspect the door seal for signs that it may be worn or damaged.
If none of the above solutions prove to be successful, it would be advisable to contact an experiencing repair tech to assist further.
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Let's try resetting your dryer by either unplugging it or flipping the household circuit breaker off. It is important to wait approximately ten minutes and then turn your appliance on. If resetting the power does not correct the issue, and based on the symptoms you are describing, you may have a communication error with the control board, the timer itself may not be operating correctly or a potential wiring failure. Because it could be a number of any one of several underlying causes, you may wish to reach out to an appliance expert who is best equipped to pinpoint the exact problem, which can often save you funds and a headache.
Hello there and welcome to fixya This is a very common issue with most makes of dryers here is a few things that are the most common problems Drying is too slowIt normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these. VentFrequently
there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside
of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and
clear of lint or any other substance. Heating elementYour
dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your
dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or
four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially
burned out, replace it. To determine if the heating element is burned
out, Internal ductworkYour
dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't
dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear
the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way
to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a
flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and
you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance
repair technician.Cycling thermostatAlthough
this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the
temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly.
If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round,
black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to
the internal ductwork with two screws. i will post a picture of the parts on the back so you can look at them too ok?
Check to make sure that the dryer vent is clean. Most of the time when the clothes take a long time to dry it is the vent. If the vent is clogged then it cannot circulate the air inside the dryer. Also check underneath the lint filter to make sure it is not clogged as well
AD means "auto dry", which means the dryer is supposed to be detecting the moisture levels in your clothing and adjusting the drying time accordingly.
If your dryer is flashing "AD" and turning off shortly after the start, there is likely a problem with the mechanism designed to detecting the moisture levels. If it turns off after trying to use all various settings (including the no-heat feature), it is likely a wiring issue.
Make sure that the filter and filter compartment are clear/clean, and then locate where the pipe exits the wall. They usually clog right at the vent exit, especially when they have the mesh covering and not a louver.
It is possible that the pipe itself is clogged as well.
This not only prevents proper drying, but is a fire hazzard and can cause problems with the dryer.
It "should" be a problem that the apartment maintenance crew will take care of free of charge.
sounds as if you may have an issue with a blocked/clogged ventin, perhaps wher it leaves the home, a unit that is not able to expell the heat will tend to not dry the clothes properly, 2-3x to dry a good sign of venting issue
When a dryer starts taking too long to dry usually there can only be one problem.
A lack of air flow.
To solve this make sure you lint screan is clean everytime you use the dryer and then check the vent in the back of the dryer. Take the vent looses from the dryer and start the dryer and feel the amount of air exiting the machine. If you do not have good air movement then you may have a blockage in the dryer or even a bad blower wheel. If the air pressure is good you may have a blockage somewhere between the dryer vent and the exhaust outside. Once you get all the lint and any little critters that may have built nests in your vent cleared out your problem should be gone. If you find that the blower wheel may be bad let me know and I can help you with the replacement. I hope this will FixYa. Please dont forget to rate me.
id look into a clogged and or kinked exhaust vent. perhaps where it leaves the home theres a screen over the housing thats clogged itself w/lint. its generating heat, thats good now just needs to release it somehow