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I have cleaned out the vents to my dryer. And it still will not dry in one cycle. It takes 3 to 4 cycles before it will dry. It tumbles the air is strong and hot in the back

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Hi and Welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

The vent can be clean but the internal ducting of the dryer can still be clogged. I note you stated the air is strong in the back. It should be strong enough to push a relaxed wrist away from the vent hole.

This may sound odd but try one cycle with the vent disconnected and see if the drying time is 40 mins or less. If it is more than 40 mins then there is still a problem inside of the dryer.

You did not post a make or model number so it is impossible at this time to say exactly what part is causing your symptoms.

Some general things that can cause this:
1. If you use dryer sheets the lint filter itself can appear clean but severly restrict airflow. Wash the lint filter with vinegar and water then soap and water. Rinse well.
2. Check the area around the lint filter and the ducting that you can see for lint build up. If you note anything clean it well with a vacuum crevice tool. Use a folded in half metal coat hanger if you have to for losening the lint. NOTHING SHARP.
3. You did not mention if this was a gas or electric dryer. Gas and dryers can get hot then cycle off either by the cycle thermostat or the high temp thermostat. If there is a problem with either of the thermostats it can cause long drying times. Additionally a gas dryer that has a faulty flame sensor will light the burner.. for about 30 - 45 seconds then cycle the burner off.
4. Another possible cause is that the blower wheel hub has broken and the blower fan in not running at full speed.

There are some other possibilities but without a Make and Model number 1 - 4 above are a good start.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Kelly

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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Hi.

Check if there is heath. If air is completely cold, check the heating element (in case of electric dryer). Heating element is tested removing it from appliance and reading Ohms with a multimeter to ensure it has continuity.

If there is heat, or if air is cold and element is good, test and replace the thermostats, there should be two or three of them placed in heating group and air ducts.

First ensure you have checked filter, vents and duct and removed lint.

If you want to contact an authorized technician call the number listed on the owners manual or on manufacturer website.

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