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Clothes taking VERY long to dry

Hi- I have a Kenmore dryer that is around 9 years old. It is suddenly taking twice as long or longer to dry a load of clothes than it had been taking. I haven't done anything different, my load sizes haven't changed, etc. Also, I am sure that the dryer is set properly. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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  • Juliem Aug 29, 2007

    Hi guys- Thanks for all the possible solutions. I kept reading and researching and checked a possible problem. My outside vent screen was clogged with an inch thick layer of lint, no way airflow could get through that. I then did a load of laundry and it was dry in 45 minutes instead of the 2 hours I was up to. AND, no huge repair bill!!! Thanks very much. Julie

  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    I had the very same problem. The loads used to dry in about one hour (Kenmore Series 90 Super Capacity Plus) using the auto moisture sensing feature. (I never use the timed dry.) Over a period of time, it took longer and longer to dry. Finally, one load took several cycles and more than three hours to dry. The hoses were fine, the exhaust was hot and forceful. Then I checked the outside vent trap. It was clogged with at least 1" thick lint, compact and damp. I just removed it, and I'm sure my problem is fixed. Thank you, FixYa users. =)

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If electric, it might be the heating element going bad. Generally they will break and not heat at all, but I had one that was weak in two places from deteriation and was not coming fully up to temperature. Replaced it and was drying quickly again. But I'd check first what the other posters said about the vent as it is easier to check and should be done regularly anyways for safety.

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The humidity sensor might be bad. check for a lint build up in the outlet to the vent hose - remove the lint. the place where your air flow goes outside may also be built up of lint, clean that out also. there's an overload that looks like a quarter in the blower housing. this might be bad.

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Is it a gas or electric dryer ? try to do a full load without the lent tube hooked up it might be clogged with lint. if that doesnt work then let me no if it is gas or electric then i can help you more

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