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Re: not drying adequately
There are only one element in the system. if your system is not drying the clothes properly then you should really check the temp sensor to make sure that the system is working correctly and not shutting off at the wrong time or to early and not really heating up properly
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Using the proper venting and making sure the vent pipe is the proper length is very important to the operation of the dryer.
It is recommended to use of solid metal vent pipe, 4" in diameter, for adequate operation.
Check for an obstruction in the ducting. Make sure the outside wall damper is operating easily. If flexible ducting is used, be sure that it is not kinked and is installed properly. It is recommended that you clean the duct work completely at least once a year.
Remove and clean the lint filter each time it is used. The filter can be washed with warm soapy water to remove fabric softener residue from the screen.
There may be too many items in the dryer. Only dry one washer load at a time. Do not combine washer loads to make one large dryer load.
A dryer whose heating element is partially or completely burned out will definitely prolong a dryer's drying time. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its heating element. Test the element, and if it is no longer functioning as it should, you will have to replace it.
It is less likely, but it is possible that your clothes are taking so long to dry because of a faulty thermostat. Open up you dryer and test each of your dryer's thermostats. If any are not functioning properly, they will have to be replaced.
Your problem is going to be 1 of 2 things either the dryer is not tumbling o you're not getting adequate air flo out of the drye which basically suffocates the drye which basically suffocates the dryer element preventing it from drying, you can check this by turning the dryer on and finding out where the vent is outside and verify airflow is good. My guess would be the second is the problem
If you have two coils, one usually burns out and falls, touching the other and shorting it out, too. If it does not fall, only one will work. Unless you have a bad belt, and it is allowing too much heat inside the drum at one time, triggering a safety. (as to prevent a fire)
if dryer is heating but not drying there are two things to look for. check for air flow outside. blocked air flow will cause your drying time to be really long. the other is you may have an element that is shorted to ground. when this happens your unit is heating off half your voltage. this is something that can be detected with an ohm meter or the naked eye. unplug first.
Confirm if the problem is just in timed dry or auto a swell. Since you say timed, you likely have either blockage in the lint trap, or exhaust or an element which is functioning at half power, half burned out
Very common problem. You need to call a duct cleaning company and tell them to clean your dryer vent. Rule-of-thumb: dryer vents should be cleaned every couple of years to prevent them from being clogged with lint and causing lint fires. This is definitely your problem. Good luck :)
p.s. one way to verify a clogged vent is to go outside where the vent exits the house and feel the air-flow. should have adequate air-flow.
Excessive drying time can be caused by a number of things.
Is the vent clear of obstructions? If not then the vent and ducting will have to be cleaned. This ch be checked by removing the vent hos from the back of the machine and testing the dry time with a small load of a couple of towels.
Is the temperature hot inside of the dryer? If not then the heating element may have a problem.
Is the washer spinning most of the water out of the clothes? If not then the dryer is overworking to remove the water.
Is the dryer fairly old or was it a "scratch and dent" floor model? Then there may not be an adequate seal around the dryer drum and a lot of drying potential is lost.
Is there lint build up in the blower or is the blower not spinning? This cause the air to not circulate. It can be checked by removing the rear duct hose and running the machine.