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Dryer takes hours to dry one load of clothes

My electric dryer heats well but it takes hours to dry a load of clothes.

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I WOULD SAY YOUR DRYER NEEDS CLEANING OUT OR YOUR WALL VENT IS CLOGGED AND NEEDS CLEANING OUT-MIKE

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

  • MIKE major Mar 09, 2009

    should be a fixya rating?mike

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