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Clothes still damp

I replaced all 3 thermostats,thermal fuse and heating element as well as cleaned out the dryer vent and my clothes are still damp. Any suggestions?

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  • rupe45 May 11, 2010

    what brand is the dryer and it definitely sounds like a stopped up vent. Disconnect the vent hose from the dryer run a load of clothes thru and see if it works ok if it does it is definitely the vent

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Have you checked the dryer vent,wall vent lint trap for cloggs,if clogged it will hold the damp hot air in the dryer much longer and add to your drying time-mike

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