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Takes 2 hours to dry

I have a stackable washer/dryer. It takes 2 hours for it to dry.When you put your hand on the side of the dryer it practically burns you so I know it's getting heat. The vents have all been cleaned, except for the one to the roof b/c the maintanance guy refuses to do it. I have an aluminum duct hooked up to it. My brother mentioned m/b it's the blower?

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Having a vertical vent that runs up inside a wall or in the attic is one of the worst set ups you can provide for a dryer. This could very well be the cause of your problem. Rule of thumb: the SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the ducting, the better. Anywhere there is a bend, sag or kink in the vent tubing it presents a potential spot for lint to accumulate. With vertical runs, gravity eventually wins and lint will start fill up in the vent line and starve the dryer for air. What is happening to your dryer is that it is actually overheating because it is not ventilating properly. If allowed to run in its current condition, the dryer will eventually fail. The thermal cut-out and/or heating element will not take this condition for very long (not to mention you run a good possibly of creating a FIRE HAZARD). I would strongly recommend cleaning the entire vent line from where it leaves the back of the dryer to where it exits your home. I would then consider rerouting it if possible. If in doubt, a simple test to determine if the problem is your dryer, or the ventilation is to remove the vent line from the back of the dyer and run one load. If the air leaving the dryer is forceful and warm, clothes dry properly and the dryer does not get real hot, you have a vent line problem. If the air is weak, cold and clothes still take a long time to dry, the problem is inside the dryer (probably a clogged blower fan assembly). Post back if you have any further questions/concerns. I hope this helps you find the source of your problem.

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