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Clothes aren't dry

After a cycle finishes, my clothes are still not dry....damp. With the towels I have to run the "towel" setting twice to get them dry. With the perm press the same. I'm confused. I always seem ot have to hang clothes on the line or run the dryer for a second cycle to get items dry enough to fold and put away. Do I need to call a service man to have him check the heat settings?

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Heating and not drying can be caused by 3 different things. I will address all three most common first

- Restricted air flow, usually a blocked vent. If the moisture from the laundry cannot get outside and fresh air in the dryer you will take extra long to dry. Be sure there is ventilation into the laundry room and more important make sure the vent is not kinked behind the dryer and that it is clean and allowing good air flow. You can go outside to where the vent terminates and feel the flow while it is running to check.

- Sensor has build up on it. Look in the dryer drum, inside on the back wall, inside on the front wall, somewhere depending on your model you will two strips of metal about the size of a pencil. Clean those with a little alcohol. Those are what sense the wetness of the clothes and control the cycle. If they get a build up residue on them they do not sense properly.

- The load is mixed, meaning you have some articles that absorb moisture like towels and some light garments that dry fast, the fast drying articles can fool the dryer into thinking the entire load is dry when the heavy articles are not.

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