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Whirlpool duet electric dryer taking too long to dry

I have a whirlpool duet electric dryer. It is about 5 years old. It heats up, but seems to take too long to dry a load. It can take 2 hours to dry a load of towels or jeans. It did not use to take that long. We cleaned out the lint trap and the vent and the whole entire thing. My husband even removed the back cover and checked for blockages and cleaned out the whole thing with an air compressor. Any suggestions?

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  • lschomber Mar 06, 2009

    Checked out everything you suggested and all checks out okay.
    Any other ideas?


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A1 Pull the dryer out away from the wall. Unhook the vent from the dryer completely. Do not put anything over the dryer exhaust on the back of the dryer. Do a normal load with the vent unhooked. If it dries better or ok like this then the problem is in the dryer venting. Like a blocked vent pipe or a smashed or restricted vent hose.
A2 - If the vent  doesn't make a difference, then check the blower wheel for excessive lint build up, check that there isn't anything stuck to the air intake baffle inside the drum, (i.e. the screen on the back wall of the dryer when looking into the drum). Check the lint filter chute for blockage. Check that the heating element isn't shorted to ground. Check the exhaust temperature of the dryer. A meat or pocket  thermometer can be used for this. It should cycle between 120 degrees and 170 degrees. Check that the drum seals to make sure the are not worn out.

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