Clothes dryer not getting hot enough to dry in a good time frame
I just replaced the plug unit for my dryer and everything went well with the replacement. I did a small load of clothes and put them in the dryer for 50mins (usually enough time to dry a much larger load). Clothes were only half dry. There was some heat, but not nearly as much as there was before. What's going on? Does changing the electical reset the themostat?
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I have a hotpiont TDC32 i have changed heating element and thermastacs and it still does not get as hot as it should it takes ages to even half dry has anyone got any ideas please i have cleaned all the filters etc...
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If clothes are hot then try dryer on timed dry. If timer does not move then timer is most likely bad . Replace. If timer moves on timed dry it is not getting hot enough to click the cycling thermostat.(If clothes are overly hot above 160 then the cycling therm. is stuck Replace.
You have an vent issue..If the clothes are hot but not drying your not getting proper air circulation, you need airflow thru the unit to help remove the moisture from the clothing other wise you end up with warm moist clothing... Start unit and go outside to where the dryer vent comes thru the wall and check the airflow with your hand ,you should feel a good flow of warm air. If not some where between the unit and the vent their is a restriction either in the flex duct or the duct work in the wall which will need cleaned out before the clothes will dry in a normal time frame..Plus it cost a lot to run the dryer 2 or 3 cycles to dry clothes Hope this helps Good Luck
If this is an electric dryer, it would appear that you have a broken dryer element, which would account for the extended drying time.
You can access the elements from the back of the dryer by removing the rear panel. Be sure to unplug the dryer first, to avoid getting an electric shock. You will need a multi-meter to check the continuity of the two (2) dryer elements. Just put the meter into the Ohms setting and check across the two element contact points to see if you have continuity. If you find that one of them isn't giving you a zero "0" reading, that is the bad one.
Go to searsdirectparts.com to enter in your full model number and you can see the exploded line drawing for your dryer and the parts list and prices for the replacement part.
The reason the dryer is taking longer to dry, is because without both elements, the dryer cannot get hot enough to dry the clothes within the normal time, as only one element is having to provide all the heat in an attempt to dry the clothes.
You should replace the element as soon as possible, as having only one heating element working will cause that remaining element to fail sooner as well, since it will be staying one for a much longer time than normal.
The vent may be stopped up, or the vent hose crimped so the air cannot escape, you can check the air flow at the vent on the outside of the house while the dryer is running.
try cleaning the vent and the lint screen with a vacuum cleaner, you may need to replace the vent hose, this should solve the problem
Getting hot when not started is a great concern. I have a few ideas why, but this is a fire hazard and I would suggest unplugging and either getting help or replacing. That said, there here are a few suggestions. 1) if the element is shorted to ground, it will get power to one side of the element and heat though ground. This, again, is serious. 2) if it heats forever and doesn't get warm enough to dry, this is another indication of an element that is not working up to power. Not getting 230 across the entire element and not getting hot enough to dry. 3) Many times when a dryer runs too long, the air flow if blocked by the vent being plugged or some plug withing the dryer itself.
Again, I am very concerned about this problem and suggest you not use it until it is repaired. If you want to check the element, it is fairly easy, but unit will need disassembled.
Most common cause of this is a clogged venting going to the outside to test this remove the vent from the back of the dryer and run a load if it drys ok them you know you have a venting issue and will need to be cleaned out if not plz repost and we can look deeper into it
Have you tried lengthening the dryer cycle or running it at a higher temp? The usual culprit for wet clothes is not running a dryer long enough or hot enough. (I remember some stand-alone dryers (coin-operated with a fixed drying time per coin) that needed two cycles to dry stuff.