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LG DLE4801W Dryer Won`t dry clothes in timely manner

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have a LG DLE4801W Dryer, Dryer turns on, drum spins as usual to dry clothes. But clothes do not get dry in timely manner. i set it for normal dry always, (41 mins), i come back an hour later and dryer is still going on and it shows 10-30 mins left. sometime dryer shuts off on its own as well. cleaned the lint area, cleaned the sensor as well which is attached right by the lint assembly. I did notice when i check the clothes to see if they are dry the heat is not sufficient. the dryer is not hot/warm. did the self test on dryer, and it doesn't show any code. vent is clear as well (i checked). i did had meter trip a month before this problem, i had to shut the main circuit completely. What could the problem be? and is there a way to reset the dryer setting? Thank you

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You stated that you cleaned the vent but what most people do not realize is that pulling the vent screen out and cleaning it (and possibly even using those miraculous vent brushes to reach inside) is synonymous only removing the "tip from an iceberg".
If you are fairly confident in using some basic hand tools. I can almost guarantee that if you disconnect the dryer's power cord from the wall and remove the vent hose from the back, you are at the beginning point of removing ALL the lint from the dryer. Use a hex nut driver to remove the screws from the back of the dryer to inspect the exhaust chute that leads to the area where the vent hose is connected. (Be sure to "count the number of screws and put them into a tin can or other retaining device to keep from losing any of them). You should be able to see the entire compartment once you open it. Don't be surprised to find enough lint inside including the blower wheel to fill an average plastic grocery bag! Many dryer fires start in this area because most people do not know that so much lint collects there. I highly recommend that this easily accomplished task is done about one a year to keep the exhaust chute clean. It only takes about an hour to do the job very completely. Use a flashlight to inspect the entire area. Once you put the exhaust chute back together, test it again. I have found that this fixes most dryer heating problems when there is no error code. Doing it once a year is also good fire prevention maintenance. I am very curious about how much lint you find and if this fixed your problem. Please send me a reply. Thank You!

Posted on Jan 02, 2014

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    Tall Tiger Jan 02, 2014

    The exhaust chute is visible once you remove the back cover of the dryer.

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    Tall Tiger Jan 02, 2014

    Be sure to watch out for sharp edges once the back cover plate is off.

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Did you clean the entire length of the vent ducting? Or, did you only clean the lint trap on the dryer and the exhaust vent outside? If you didn't clean the ducting as well, you may still have a clog somewhere causing your dryer to be "starved" for air. A dryer needs proper air flow to dry properly. One way to check is to turn the dryer on and go outside to the exhaust vent opening. Feel to see if you have sufficient air flow. If the air flow is weak, you have a clog. If not, you may have a high limit thermostat cutting off prematurely, not allowing the heating element to heat long enough. Check your ducting first and let me know if this helps.

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279769 COMES WITH THE HIGH LIMIT THERMOSTAT AND THE THERMAL FUSE FOUND AT THE TOP OF THE HEATER ASSEMBLY. CHECK THE THERMAL FUSE THE SAME WAY.
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IF ALL THOSE COMPONENTS ARE GOOD, IT COULD BE THE TIMER, TEMP SELECTOR SWITCH, OR THE MOTOR'S CENTRIFUGAL SWITCH. YOU WOULD HAVE TO READ THE WIRING DIAGRAM INSIDE THE CONTROL PANEL TO CHECK THOSE ITEMS.

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A friend of ours has a bosch gas dryer and she had the similar problem. She called the Bosch repairman and he came out to her house and sprayed the lint filter with Greased Lightning to clean out the tiny holes in it. He charged $100 and left. He said it would take care of the problem. Has not had any problems since. http://www.greased-lightning.com/ It is worth a try. Good luck.

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