Question about Dryers
Long dry times are usually attributed to poor dryer ventilation.
When was the last time you inspected the dryer vent and/or inside the dryer for lint? The symptom sounds like you could have a few possible causes.
The dryer may have restricted air flow (Meaning, the vent hose is clogged from where it leaves the dryer to the vent outside. Or...the dryer may be clogged inside the air baffle inside the dryer where the lint screen goes.) You may also have a high limit thermostat that is malfunctioning or a blower fan not working properly. Here's some recommendations:
a. Remove the dryer vent hose from the dryer and turn the dryer on. Is the air leaving the dryer forceful and warm? (The air should measure about 140 degrees F) If so...you probably have a clog or kink in the ducting somewhere between the dryer and where it exits the house. If the air is weak and cool, you will need to inspect your dryer interior to find what is obstructing the air flow. Rodents are notorious for building nests inside the vent line or air baffle. Check the air blower fan to see if it is rotating. If enough lint is allowed to build up, it can obstruct the rotation of the blower fan. It some cases, the fan can shear off on the motor shaft and must be replaced.
b. Make sure the vent hose is not kinked. If you are in the habit of placing the dryer up against the wall, you could be inadvertently crushing the vent hose. Make sure you are also using the semi-rigid aluminum type vent hose. It resists crushing and kinking and clogs less.
c. If your vent hose runs under a crawl space, make sure the hose is suspended from the joists and not lying on the ground. Also make sure it is not sagging anywhere. Any low spots can create potential clog points.
d. The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER your vent line the BETTER. The more length and bends you put in the vent line, the less efficient it becomes.
e. Separate your laundry so that more dense items such as towels and jeans are not being dried with lighter items like cottons and linens. Since more dense material holds moisture longer, the lighter clothing will begin to absorb some of the moisture from the heavier items, increasing the dry times.
NOTE: If the dryer is left to run in an overheated or clogged condition, the thermal cut-out and/or heating element will eventually blow. It is recommended that you inspect the dryer to see what is causing your current problem. You should inspect the dryer ducting and exhaust about once per season and keep it cleaned. Clogged dryers are a hazard and can contribute to house fires.
CAUTION: Always unplug the dryer if you are servicing the inside of the unit. Dangerous voltages are present even with the unit turned off. Also, unplug the dryer if you have to remove the rear panel. The 220VAC terminal is directly behind the panel and can cause electric shock if touched.
I hope this information helps you. Post back if you need any further assistance.
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
SOURCE: Maytag LDE412 Dryer
the vent that takes the air from the dryer out of the house is clogged. not the part right behind the dryer but from where it goes into the wall to where it leaves the house needs to be cleaned. when the air cant leave the dryer at normal speed it takes for ever to dry a load of clothes
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
The fact that the dryer takes so long to dry indicates either an air flow problem or a "heating" problem. You don't say weather the units gets hot or not but you do say that it has been giving you this problem for 3 years so I'll assume that it does heat. You should make sure that there is air flowing through the dryer by just going to where the dryer is exhausted to the outside after turning on the unit and see if it is blowing hot air out. If there is good airflow but it is not hot you may have a bad element or thermostate and you should contact a professional to diagnose the exact problem and repair it. If there is not a strong warm airflow from the exhaust then you probably have an airflow restriction of some type. The first thing to check is the lint filter. Every dryer has a lint filter that should be cleaned out after each load. Check you owners manual to find the location of yours and make sure it's clean. If it is plugged, clean it and check the airfow again. If that does't solve the problem, you need to determine if the dryer vent hose is kinked or plugged. The vent hose is usually located at the bottom of the back of the dryer and are usually only attached with a clamp of some type. Just disconnect the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer, turn the dryer on and check the air flow at the dryer exhaust. The there is little or no air blowing out of the dryer it could be a defective fan. This is a complicated repair and should be done by a professional. If the exhaust coming out of the dryer is strong you know the problem is with the exhaust hose so check for kinks, crushed duct or blockage and repair it then re-connect the exhaust duct to the dryer, turn on the dryer and go back out to the outside exhaust and see if it is now blowing strong. GOOD LUCK. I hope this resolves your problem.
Posted on Nov 29, 2008
SOURCE: Gas Dryer - takes to long to dry
huuum At your service!
Sometimes this can happen when the vent line is clogged.
1. Check if the lint filter is full and needs to be cleaned.
Try this first.If the vent line is kinked or blocked
2. Then check if the outside screen covering the exhaust vent if this is even half blocked
with lint there will be no heat! This screen is to keep small animals out!
Try checking this and if it is clogged or the spring loaded door is stuck closed.
Try to clean the lint out of the corners of the flap door,
and or remove the screen permanently!
NO ANIMALS LIKE TO GET BURNT,IT'S HOT IN THAT TUBE!
Take the vent line off the rear of the dryer and try if it works. If it does you know it's the vent line and not the dryer that's the problem the dryer.
You will be fine
Bless You huuum
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
Check the blower fan which is mounted underneath the drum on my DLE2514W front loading LG dryer. I experienced poor drying along with a loud thump at the start of each cycle. At first I thought it was a bad roller but later found that the blower fan had separated from its bracket so it was not turning with each turn of the moter but rather spinning freely.
Posted on Jun 15, 2009
clean the vent hose clean the port where it exits the house sometimes there is a grate on port which needs to be cleaned also
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
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