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Slow drying times

When the vent pipe is attached the dryer does not dry well. If the pipe is disconnected it dries better. The vent pipe has been cleaned and is not blocked.

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Check these things:

* The length of the dryer pipe and especially the wall flapper to be sure it moves ok and that it is not blocked by something

* Check the dryer vent line to be sure it isn't kinked somehere

* Check the dryer vent fan itself to be sure it is clean and not clogged or obstructed (I'm assuming it works)

* If all ok, you may have a bad thermostat or sensor that is causing the unit to turn off the heat prematurely

* Make sure the dryer isn't overloaded

Posted on May 10, 2009


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