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I have a Whirlpool dryer model #LEN200LWO. It takes 3-4 times through the cycle to finally get the clothes dry. I've noticed too that there doesn't seem to be much lint on the screen - which I clean before every cycle.

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  • trish340 May 12, 2008

    You were exactly right! We went to clean out the vent hose and it was FULL of twigs, straw etc! Birds had built a nest in the vent and up into our dryer! I've never seen anything like it! We were lucky there wasn't a fire! It works great now and we have blocked the outside vent from the birds!

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Bad airflow definitely bad airflow use real metal vent hose not the coil and plastic or mylar. make sure the vent at the outside wall is not stopped up somewhere there is a blockage

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