We checked and cleaned out the lint trap and the hose on the back of the dryer. We then checked the hose out to the outside vent. The dryer is letting out a little bit of air but when you turn it on and let it run for a minute, open the door, it lets out a BUNCH of steam. The air is not getting out to the vent on the back of the unit. The outside of the dryer is also hot to the touch. It is a Maytag dryer - model # MDET236AYW - Serial number is 11187451JT. Can someone please help me with this? Thank you.
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The lint trap is a metal screen with a plastic handle that is located either near the corner at the top of your dryer, or inside the dryer door. In most cases, the lint trap is clearly marked. If your clothes are not drying properly, this is the first place to look because it is the easiest problem to solve. Remove the lint from your lint trap, and then see if your clothes get dry. If they do not, move to the next troubleshooting problem. Vent Hose
To work properly, a dryer needs to be able to vent warm air. If the vent hose is clogged, bent or has a hole in it, your dryer will not work properly. Examine the vent hose to see if it is installed completely over the dryer exhaust vent, and to make sure it does not have a hole in it. Remove the vent hose to see if it is clogged. There are vent hose brushes you can purchase to clean the vent hose properly. Also check the exhaust vent on the dryer and the outside vent to make sure they are not clogged.
If you have been running your dryer with a clogged vent hose for a while, you may burn out the thermal fuse. A burnt thermal fuse will allow the dryer drum to rotate, but the unit will not heat up. Your owner's manual will show you where the thermal fuse is and provide the part number you need to buy to replace it. Thermal fuses are available at most hardware stores and are easy to replace. Heating Element
The heating element is the long, coiled wire in the dryer that heats up the air. Over time, the heating element can burn out or become defective. In some models, the heating element can be repaired; in other models, the heating element should be replaced. Refer to your user's manual to see where your heating element is and whether you can repair it or need to replace it.
run the dryer with the vent hose off, if it drys correctly then it is in the vent tube. The best way to clean the vent hose is with a leaf blower, now if it is not drying with the vent hose off then you will need to disassemble the dryer, and clean from the bottom of the lint trap back to the back of the dryer with a brush(paint) and a vacuum:
check to make sure that the lint trap is clean and clear -- also check the exhaust hose and outside vent for any obstructions. also check the vent holes that lead to the lint trap -- sometimes these can become plugged up with fibers and not lint out the wash proper.
If your machine is running properly and you have heat as you say then you may have a clog in the main vent line from the dryer through your house.
Try running the dryer once with the vent hose disconnected. If it dries your know the clog is in the house's vent line. Unusual but it does happen if you have a lot of lint.
Check first at the immediate opening point in the wall there is often a 90 degree elbow where lint can trap.
The other place is the cover plate on the outside of your house. Some at are static and others have vents that open and close. Those too can trap lint and cause a problem.
If you know you have a clog in the house line somewhere but the opening and exit are not clogged then take a drain auger (same as used to clear a clogged toilet) and run it through. If you don't have one try your garden hose.
Go outside and look at your flapper valve. Here is another news flash the lint filter can be clean but the air ducts in the dryer can still have lint build up in them. Pull out the lint trap also then using a flaishlight look underneath and around the lint trap area for lint build up. If you don't see anything there remove the rear vent hose and look both into the dryer and into the vent hose. Most likely you find either a kinded vent hose or lint buildup somewhere other than the lint trap itself. If you do find the source just do not use anything sharp to attempt to remove the lint. A bent metal coat hanger or a very large zip / spot ite works great for this task. Hopefully this will resolve your problem. If not post back and we can go from there.
Sounds like the moist air is not being properly vented. Your dryer has a fan that pulls in dry air and expells the moist air. This is vented thru your dryer hose and should be vented to the outside of your home. Sometimes the hose will get either a blockage or a partial blockage that will make it either not dry your clothes or take longer than it should. I have seen hoses that have a sag collect water much the way your trap will under a sink. You can either throughly clean the hose, and check for a blockage in the hose or the dryer itself, or you may, as a test, disconnect the hose temporarily and vent your dryer into an old pair of panty hose. When you turn the dryer on, the panty hose should inflate. Also make sure you keep your lint trap clean...EVERY LOAD.
YOU HAVE A VENTING ISSUE WHICH CAUSE SLOW DRY STEP1 REMOVE LINT FILTER AND CLEAN WITH HOT WATER AND SOAP STEP2 MAKE SURE YUO'RE NOT CRUSHING YOUR VENT HOSE BY HAVING DRYER PUSHED TOO FAR UP AGAINST WALL STEP 3 CHECK OUTSIDE VENT TRAP IS NOT OBSTUCTED BY LINT IF THESES STEP DOESN'T WORK HAVE PROFESSIONAL CHIMNEY SWEEP INSPECT AND CLEAN VENTS