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My dryer heats up, but the clothes dont get dry w/o 3 full cycles

You can see the heating elements glow orange when you open the door, but, for some reason, the clothes wont dry. I'm talking a small load of whites in for 100 minutes, and still damp.

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Hello. sorry for your trouble, let me help you. Let me begin by saying that the most common cause for what you describe is lint partially blocking the exhaust, either in the pipe, outside where the pipe exhausts, or when you remove the pipe from the back of the dryer, in that hole.

that being said, here is a detailed explanation of all of the possible causes

It normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these.

Vent
Heating element
Internal ductwork
Cycling thermostat
Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance.

Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it.

Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

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Remove the exhaust vent from the rear of the dryer. Run a timed load at 45 minutes. If it dries correctly clean your connecting vent your wall vent and the lint from inside the machine.

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