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Dryer taking longer to dry clothes

My dryer is taking longer and longer to dry clothes. When it was new it took around 40 mins to dry now it is taking around 80 mins same amount of clothes being dryed.

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For a gas dryer:
Assuming the dryer is working properly and the control cycles are ok, look for things like a restricted venting system which inclides the exhaust, lint screen, etc. This would be the large pipe connected to the dryer exhaust that vents outside.

If it's an electric dryer, there could be issues with heating elements, thermostats, a control board, the timer, etc. Also check for any excessive lint build-up.

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