It tumbles clothes and air is coming out of the vent outside. But clothes are never warm or hot like they used to be and it takes 4-5 cycles for anything to dry.
We have taken it apart. Cleaned out all the lint. Made sure all the connections and wires are all still connected and we don't know if we need new parts to fix. Maybe the thermostat. We'd hate to buy replacement parts and not have them fix the issue so I thought I would post my problem on here and read through any similar problems to see what to try next.
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Re: Dryer does not get hot.
Check the following to address this issue--
1. Gas valve coils
Igniter glows, then shuts off without igniting gas - the problem is probably with defective coils (black, located on top of the gas valve). It is recommended to replace all coils (usually two or three) if found defective.
Note: Sometimes the whole gas valve may be defective, thus not letting the gas out. However, this problem is not common.
2. Thermal fuse
Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.
Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.
Igniter may burn out or break. Replace the igniter if found defective.
Note: Igniters are very fragile and break easily. It is recommended to handle the igniter only touching the ceramic part of it (usually white in color).
4. Flame sensor (or radiant heat sensor)
Replace the sensor (located near the igniter) if found defective.
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You may have a clogged air vent, check that the air vent hose is not smashed, if it is not smashed, have your dryer vent cleaned professionally, and recheck the dryer operation, dryer vents should be cleaned every other year for optimum performance.
If your cloths are "hot and damp" you are not getting proper ventilation. Since you cleaned the vent trap let's try a few things to narrow down where this vent restriction is coming from.
Let's pull that vent trap up and start the dryer. Place your hand a few inches in there. Can you feel a light suction of air? (flowing into the dryer)? We will get back to this shortly. Next -
Take the vent hose off the back and turn the dryer on? At this time you should get lots of warm air blowing. If you do not have this and the vent trap did not have any noticeable air flow (into the dryer) then thus far you have a clog between the vent trap and the vent in the back of the dryer. Unplug the dryer and from the rear of the dryer remove the back panel. Should be just a few 5/16 nut with a possible flathead screwdriver indention on them. If you have to do this let's still check the pathway for ventilation to the outside and make sure one did not trigger the other. And if all ventilation to this point is good then -
You have a clogged vent restriction between the duck and the path it takes to outside. For this a duct cleaning service will have to come out and take a high pressured air hose and blow that pathway clear. Now if you have a fairly high powered compressor and can locate the exit for the dryer vent then -
Charge that compressor and put an air gun adapter on it and (wearing eye protection) blow the heck out of it. This will make a huge mess no matter who does it. Make sure it is a good size shop compressor and not one many people carry in their trunk for inflating flat tires (this one will not work) This is how the duct service will do it also.
Check the entire vent (exhaust ) system start the dryer and go outside to the exhaust vent ,you should feel a good amount of warm airflow.bet you will fine low airflow. You need good air circulation to help remove the moisture from the clothing warm or hot temps alone would take longer if ever to dry ..this generally happens slowly over time and the next thing you realize is that its running much longer than it use to... plus it cost more....if you still have a concern you may have a thermostat that is short cycling not letting it get hot enough long enough... Hope this helps GOOD LUCK
no make listed here...I would pull the hose off the back of dryer and see if a lot of air is blowing out of vent. if not, heres your answer a clogged filter area ..if air blowing out leave vent hose off and dry clothes with vent off for one cycle. if clothes dry with vent hose off..you have a venting issue and need your vent cleaned out...
common problem result from you having a clog in your home vent.....wil need to check outside vent while unit is running on air dry for air flow....could also be a vent motor failure....depending on unit it may have a motor just for the exhaust fan.
Do you know if the dryer vent is free of obstructions?Check outside where the dryer vents outside ,and see if the air is weak or flowing freely.If it is not clogged the air should be pretty strong from the vent outside.If it has blockage it will definitly take longer to dry your clothes.
if the cloths are warm and wet the problem is not with the dryer but in the venting. check the air flow at the end of the line (where the exhaust leaves the building) if the air baffels are not fully opening when the drier is on there is probably an issue with the venting. remember to tape up the venting joints after inspecting it because it is also the exhaust for the gas. hope this helps.