I've cleaned out the vent tube, but the dryer is taking longer and longer to work. Some loads have heat, while most are luke warm at best so they never dry. Could this be a problem with the gas flow, maybe a solenoid?
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Re: Not working intermittently
Most of the time... the gas valves work or dont work... I would try taken off the vent hose all together and check to make sure you have a good blow or flow of air out at the exhast of dryer and to see if you are really getting heat out of it. also if you look close in the back thu the wholes back there you should be able to see if you burner is firing or not
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If your dryer is taking a much longer time to dry clothes here is a simple tip. Remove the vent tubing and more than likely it will be full of dense lint. Dryers made these days have a safety device that will shut off the heat if the temperature gets too hot inside the dryer. In most cases when the vent tube is blocked the dryer will not even heat up for you making you think your dryer has broke down. Before you go as ask questions about the operations why the heat does not work, inspect and clean if necessary. In most cases the dryer will work normally again for you. Oh yes another hint. The vent tube should be four feet or less in length with out no bends or elbow fittings with the exception of the connection directly to the dryer. Longer vent tubes will give you grief every year for they will need to be cleaned that often
Hello, Have you checked your vent for blockage? Over time, lint build-up in the vent and in the back of the dryer makes your drying time longer and longer. Unplug the dryer, pull it out and disconnect the vent. Using a flashlight and a vacuum, clean out the back of the dryer that connects to the vent and the vent itself. If you have a long vent line, you'll need to find a away to clean it out to clear any blockage. I use a hand-held plumbers snake that rolls up and pulls out as much length as needed. Then spin it around in the vent to knock off lint attached inside the vent tube walls. It may be easier to do this from the outside, but you can do it from the inside too. Check your outside vent cap for blockage and make sure the vent flap outside is not stuck closed. Also make sure when you push the dryer back into place, that you don't squish the vent tube, if it is made of plastic or foil. After reconnecting the vent, turn on the dryer. The air flow may blow out the lint you have dislodged with the snake. Clean out as necessary at the outside vent. I have a long vent line on my dryer, so I have do this annually. This has helped shorten my dry time every time I do it. Of course, cleaning out the filter regularly, does help too. The more often you clean the filter, the less lint that will build up in the vent . Hope this helps. Douglas
This is dued to lint build up in the dryers venting tubes. If you completely tear the vents off and clean them inside thoroughly it will run like ne again. It will be better to replace accordian stle tubes than to clean them if that is what you have on yours
A moister sensor detects the build up and keeps the heat in check
The orange glow is the heating element working. It mush have good air flow or the coil will burn out and stop heating. Also the thermal limit will stop the heat if to great. If you went all through the vent and the tubing is not smashed or flat check the outside vent for air circulation, if good try to dry a load of clothes. Are you sure your washer is spinning out well? Wet clothes take longer to dry.
Note: Normal drying time for a dryer
is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct,
is not clogged.
Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot
of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying
time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer
cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the
dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance
repairman perform this task.
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one
of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance.
Replace the defective thermostat.
3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case
it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes.
Replace the element if found defective.
try drying load with vent tube disconnected may get warm and dusty but if works ok recheck vent completely also be sure vent is not being flattened when dryer is pushed back to wall also remove lower panel(clips along top edge each corner about 3-4 inches in)remove blower housing 2-3 screws and clean housing