I HAVE A MAYTAG MODEL #PYET44AYW, IT TAKES A REALY LONG TIME FOR IT TO DRY MY CLOTHES. I RAISED THE HOOD AND I CAN SEE MY HEATING ELEMENT TURNING ON FOR ABOUT ONLY TEN SECONDS THEN IT WILL STAY OFF FOR ABOUT SECONDS. IS THIS NORMAL OR IS THEIR A PROBLEM HERE ?IT TAKES ABOUT A HR. FOR A NORMAL LOAD TO DRY.
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If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have nottaken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then youneed to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should takeplace. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causesfor your dryer to fail.
If the dryer is generating heat, the first thing I'd check is your vent. Even a partially restricted vent will drastically increase your dry time. Vent hoses are easily crushed behind the dryer and the flap inside the exteriod hood can be blocked.
if it is drying after two loadsthen you probably have a vent is clogged or slow due to a long length
if you go to where your dryer exhaust outside of the house you should feel good airflow,, it should almost move your hand type of air noit jsut a wind
either your house vent is plugged, or the vent in the dryer by the blower is plugged. when the vent is plugged, even partially, the moisture is not leaving the dryer. It will take a long time to dry, and the top of the dryer will get hot when the vent is plugged. Clean the house vent and check down below the lint trap by the blower, then it will dry fine again.
very simple, do this test, take your vent hose off the back of your dryer, now dry a load of clothes, if it still takes a long time to dry, then you may need to replace your thermastats, if it works better, your vent hose was pushed in, or smashed or the vent from the wall to the outside is clogged.
I do not believe the problem lies within the dryer unit.
when the dryer unit fails to dry clothes in reasonable time 90% of the time it is the clogged air vent is the reason.
Dryer vent cleaning improves the safety and efficiency of your dryer installation. As dryer vents become filled with lint and other debris, drying time increases and can cause the dryer itself to overheat. This increases energy consumption since the dryer has to run longer to dry your clothes and can also cause fires in the dryer or the dryer duct. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports dryer related home fires are on the increase.
First check your vent hose between the back of dryer and the air outlet on the wall. Vaccum clean the dirty hose and even into the dryer unit using flexable vaccum attachment. also try to vaccum clean airoutlet that goes into your wall as far reach into and much as possible. The dryer's lint filter and its path needs to be cleaned as well.
If all air flow path are cleaned it will improve 200% of your drying time.
There is also professional dryer vent cleaners in your area who can help solve the problem. just check your yellowpages..