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Dryer heats up but clothes won't dry

My dryer heats up but it takes 2 to 3 cycles before the clothes are dry. If I open the door in the middle of the drying cycle, the clothes are all hot to the touch. The loads have been small to medium in size. I checked the vents and there are no obstructions. Thank you.

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    Erin-Frances Roth Apr 09, 2008

    I have the same issues. Spin is fine, heat is fine, sound is normal but damp out-of-washer clothes just endup being really hot damp clothes, not a bit dryer that an hour ago when my electric bill was lower. Have replaced teh non-technical stuff ie: vent, vent tube, seals, filters, etc.. have removed the back panel and vacumed it to get all of the stray lint from lint trap. Still end up with really hot, really damp clothes and a really high electric bill to go with my frustration.

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I have an amana electric dryer. Changed out thermal fuse and cleaned out vent. Thermal fuse is blown again, but I noticed that it is not cycling. The dryer is very hot on the outside on top.

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Sounds like to me, that you need to check the vent going outside from the dryer. I had the same problem, and found a birds nest in the dryer vent on the outside of my house restricing air flow. If that doesn't fix the problem, look into a new heating element and or thermostats for the dryers. The old ones could just not be getting hot enough anymore. Good luck.

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