Hi my dryer is heating up , it is exhaling hot air via the exhaust hose but the clothes are not drying. I replaced the hose last week , also a technician diagnosed the lint build-up in the vent between blower and lint filter, that lint was removed. So it is spinning, heating but not drying could you help me thanks Debra
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Well your generating heat which is a good sign, either there is a blockage in your venting() most likely source of issue!) but you say ou replaced, i would then look to replacing the valve coils, 279834, about 20 bucks, easy to replace... its possible that they open the valve upon start up allowing heat, but after being on 20-30 min they overheat and no longer open not allowing heat to generate..
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how old is it? One thing i run into a lot, is that the exhaust vent may be clogged.
if that is the case, clothes tend not to dry due to lack of air circulation. And the heating element in the dryer will not kick on. That vent is typically located in the back lower panel of the dryer. And is hooked up to a vent hose. check the hose for debris (lent) remove anything you might find. also disconnect where the hose meets the dryer, and check dryer portion as well. If nothing is clogged, then you may have a bad heating element.
This is the classic symptom of "poor air flow". Another symptom you didn't mention (but I bet is happening) is that the top of the dryer gets VERY hot.
OK, don't move your dryer yet... get a flashlight and look behind there. See the flexible vent connecting the dryer to the wall? It must have SMOOTH, FLOWING turns. No crushing allowed. If it's crushed/pinched, you found the problem. It's "choking" off the air flow... not allowing the hot air to escape and containing all of it in the dryer cabinet. If this is the problem, pull the dryer away from the wall about 8" and make sure the vent isn't pinched off anymore. Leave your dryer this far out, it'll ensure that this doesn't happen again.
If the flexible vent is OK, there is a blockage in your house's internal dryer duct work somewhere. Turn the dryer on and go outside to where the exhaust is. Check air flow. Check the exhaust vent for debris (I've seen birds build nests in the outside exhaust, incubates the eggs...but your clothes won't get dry!). If your dryer location and the exhaust location are quite a distance (20' or more) from each other, you should hire a professional to come out and thoroughly clean it out for you. In this case, you should have this done once a year as part of routine Home maintenance.
To test and verify my solution to this, you can remove the dryer vent from the wall and cover the end of it with a pair of old pantie hose. Then run the dryer as usual (the pantie hose will act as a secondary lint trap). You'll see that the dryer will be happy again and the clothes will dry in no time at all.
you might have a restriction in the exhaust system. check the entire exhaust vent tube/hose from the back of the dryer to the outside of the building for any restrictions. check the outside exhaust vent for any restrictions or obstructions. make shure the exhaust tube/hose are as short and straight as possible any sharp curves or bends can restrict air flow.
I got cut short.. and disconnected...so if this is a repeat, please forgive me:
1. Heat alone does not dry clothes
2. Air alone does not dry clothes.
3. Only dry, heated air passing over and through clothes will dry them...
I recommend the following:
Set the dryer for "Air Dry".
Go outside and check the dryer exhaust.
Confirm that the exhaust is spewing out lots of air.
If it is, then you have a need for a technician to inspect everything - in person.
If it is NOT, the you need to determine the clog - or reason that air is not moving through your dryer, clothes and exhaust system.
ONLY 2 possibilities exist:
1. Fan motor is frozen and needs replacement....or
2. Duct/exhaust is clogged with lint and will not allow air to pass through.
It is possible the heating element is out of your dryer Check with Whirlpool or another service dealer to see if they have your model. sometimes it is cheaper to buy a new dryer if you have a off brand or lower cost dryer
Check the vents and filters first of all. If they are blocked at any point the air flow will be restricted and prevent drying. The next thing would be to see if the heating element is working, whether it is gas or electric.
The heating elements could be bad and need replacing. In addition, if the dryer is not properly vented, clothes will take much longer to dry. You should first REPLACE your exhaust hose if it has been on your dryer for more than a year. Not clean it out but REPLACE it. This not only prevents fires but also keeps your dryer at optimal performance. Also, every 3-4 years, unplug the dryer and remove the back of it (it's just a metal panel, don't be afraid) and clean all the lint out of there. If that doesn't work, your moisture sensor may be slowly dying. If that is the case, you just have to run some loads twice. Using a pair of dryer balls helps dry the clothes faster so I recommend those too. Eventually, you may wish to consider replacing the dryer.
An easy way to check dryer function is to check the airflow on the outside of your home at the exhaust the vent. While the dryer is running, and hot, put your hand near the outlet. The air coming out should be hot and forceful. If not, there is most likely an obstruction, and the whole airway should be cleaned. Keeping the airway clean and clear can dry clothes faster and save you money.
Another possibility is the blower,(fan) which can become encrusted with lint, preventing it from moving air. This is much less likely, but still a possibility.
So let me get this straight, you are getting heat from the gas burner and the drum rotates but your clothes remain wet? You can check a few basic things to identify where the problem lies.. First off, have you checked the lint trap and cleaned it? Secondly, have you checked your vent system ( meaning : are you sure it is not clogged anywhere in the duct or at the end where it exits outside? If that's OK.. when your system is drying clothes.. do you get hot air flow at the end of that duct? If not, your blower may not be working ..You need to move that hot air out of the tub for the system to dry. Heat, Motion to move clothes, air flow from the blower and an unimpeded path via the vent duct to outside.. Hope one of these things to check gets you going. Regards...