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Clothes dryer velocity has slowed down to point that clothes do not dry. Thank you very much. Paul J.

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Hi Paul and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly. When you say velocity I am assuming we are talking about airflow and not the tumble speed. There are 2 things that cause poor air flow.
1. Lots of lint build up either inside the dryer or in the output vent ducting expecially at the outside thru the wall vent flapper.
2. The blower wheel on the drive motor has a damaged center hub and is spinning on the motor shaft vs driving at full speed.

Pull out the lint filter use a flashlight and look in the very bottom area of the lint filter air passage. This area is notorious for lint accumulation. If you note lint use a vacuum crevice tool and a wire coat hanger folded into a U shape to reach deep into the passages so that you can use the crevice tool to remove the lint.

The lint filter itself can cause restricted airflow. If you use dryer sheets (Fabric softener) these over time accumulate a mirco particulate on them that when you wipe off the lint it appears clean but the air passages are clogged with the dryer sheet material. Wash the lint filter with vinegar and water using a brush, then soap and water.

Next go outside and check the thru the wall exhaust of the dryer vent. Reach up inside the flapper and check both sides of the flapper for lint build up. Clean as needed.

Disconnect the vent ducting at the back of the dryer. Start the dryer. The airflow commig out the back should gently push a relaxed hand away from the exhaust hole. If the air flow is weak use a flash light and look deep into the vent ducting inside the dryer checking for lint build up. Clean thoroughly.

If after doing all of the above you still have weak airflow then the blower wheel area is suspect in the form of either a damaged blower wheel or lint build up at the blower housing exit.

Give it a good cleaning and see what happens. If you sitll have air flow problems there is more I can do to help you with pictures and how to dis-assemble the dryer. Just repsond here and I will gladly help you.

Thanks for choosing FixYa.


Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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    jcolombero Jul 26, 2012

    Good answer, makes sense, as I have a similar problem. Following the above suggestions solved my problemThanks



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