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Re: not drying clothes
If the unit is heating properly which it should pull around 25 amps when heating , and the unit is tumbling it is 100% an exhaust issue , either a kinked duct behind the unit , a ball of lint stuck in the duct , lint build up outside in vent , or water in under ground duct. If you find the clog it will be FIXED!
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If it tumbles and it heats up but your clothes don' t dry disconnect the vent tube from the the wall and run a load of wet clothes if they dry then your homes venting is clogged and if it still does not dry then it could be your thermal fuse.
The biggest thing to remember about your clothes dryer is that it has to get the moisture out. If you keep your venting clean it will aid your dryer in shorter drying times. The more heated dry air it can pull through wet clothes while they are tumbling the faster clothes will dry. If the venting is restricted by lint or kinked, or low quality venting, all end up costing more in drying times. Use good venting, preferably steel, and do use the proper vent cap on the outside wall.(check lint does not catch here also)Many service calls could be prevented by regular maintenance of venting.( thermal safety fuses which all dryers have are the reason for most service repair calls when the venting has not been cleaned) Also the shorter distance your dryer is vented, the better.
The second less obvious problem is not cleaning the lint screen. All the air or almost all passes through this screen before being exhausted outside. You need to clean the lint first. Second you need to wash the lint screen in the sink to clean off any build up of fabric softener that can also cause slow drying. Water should run straight through the metal mesh, if it ponds it is coated with softener, and water should wash this off.(I have been on service calls where dryers were not drying correctly and just washing off the lint screen of fabric softener fixed the problem) Lastly wiping the two short parallel bars about three inches long found inside the dryer with alcohol to remove any fabric softener or other coating will keep the automatic cycle working right.Not all dryers use these........ Before thermistors, when thermostats were all that was out there......... Hope this saves you some money and time.......
You are correct. Pull the dryer out and disconnect your venting from the back of the dryer. Turn your dryer on and check to make sure your dryer is blowing air out of the dryer duct. If it is then leave your dryer out at least 2 ft from the wall and run a load of clothes through the dryer. If it dries your clothes normally then you have a venting restriction. Check to make sure your venting is clean, not kinked or smashed, make sure your outside vent is opening an doesn.t have something blocking it. Check your lint screen filter by running water through it. If water is not flowing through it, you have a build up of fabric softener on your screen, blocking air flow. Scrub your screen off and test again. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists
what type is this electric or gas? have you removed the exsaust from the wall and ran a load like this? if you have heat and this is an electric dryer it sounds like you have a blockage in your house. if the dryer runs fine without the exsaust attached then that is your problem. let me know
You were absolutely right about it being a venting issue. Although we thought we had it all cleaned out there was still a ball of lint blocking the air flow and causing the problem. Thanks for your help. Clint
Sounds like to me, that you need to check the vent going outside from the dryer. I had the same problem, and found a birds nest in the dryer vent on the outside of my house restricing air flow. If that doesn't fix the problem, look into a new heating element and or thermostats for the dryers. The old ones could just not be getting hot enough anymore. Good luck.