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Dryer heats up, but won't dry clothes well

The dryer heats up, but it takes two to three cycles before the clothes are dry.

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  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010

    When the clothes are put in the dryer from the washer, do they seem more wet than usual? if so, the problem may be with the washer and not the dryer... let me know what you find out.
    KEN


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Also check your vents in the machine and the wall. Pull the machine away from the wall and feel how strong air is coming out. After cleaning the machine, run it one load disconnected from the wall, and one load connected. This will tell you if your wall vent is clogged.

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