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Dryer not drying loads properly.

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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  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    Yeah, theres a lint collector, i always pull it out and clean it. (not sure how to reply directly to the request.)

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    Thanks, yeah i had a feeling it was something like that. The hardest part now is gonna be cleaning it, because the vent runs downward through the floor, then basically turns at a 90 degree angle and goes straight out the back of the apartment. The dryer only started acting up over the past few months and we've been in this apartment for almost 3 years so it is probably an obstruction. Although i have seen steam coming out of the outside vent when its cold and the dryer is on, but i guess that could just mean that some air is getting through, but not enough to keep it from overheating the dryer. I'll have to take a look.



    Again, sorry if im not posting my replies properly.

  • jim beckwith May 11, 2010

    is there a lint collector you pull out to clean

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You need to clean the vent ducting from the point where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. The reason the dryer performed better was because it was not meeting any resistance from the ducting to push air through the exhaust on the back of the dryer. You obviously have a clog, kink, excessive bend, or a run that is too long. If you haven't had your vent ducting inspected or cleaned in a while, now would be a good time. In addition, the fact that your dryer became excessively hot WITH the ducting attached adds credence to my suspicion that your ducting is clogged or obstructed in some way. Without proper air flow the dryer will actually overheat to the point of failure. Usually the Thermal Cut-Out (also known as a Thermister) will blow. This component is designed to blow like a fuse in the event of an overheat condition and must be replaced. Running your dryer in an overheat condition not only will damage the appliance, but it can become a fire hazard. I would recommend a thorough ventilation inspection and cleaning. Make sure you are using the metallic semi-rigid ducting and NOT the plastic ducting. The semi-rigid resists crushing, kinking, is heat resistant and resists intrusion by rodents. If you have questions about anything I've explained to you, please contact me and let me know. I hope this helps.

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