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Dry times are getting longer but the vent is clear. Bought in 2006.

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If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have not taken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then you need to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should take place. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causes for your dryer to fail.

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Make dryer hotter

Rather than make it hotter, check other things.

The longer the vent line is, the longer it will take to dry.
Also, most vent lines have a flapper outside that closes off when not in use to prevent cold air and critters from coming in.
Check to make sure that it's operating (opening) properly.
Also, no sharp bends in the vent line coming from the dryer to the vent ducting in the wall.

Finally, if it's an electric dryer, you could try one of these:

To prevent lint from flying through the air, the inlet hose (from the dryer) go into water that is poured inside unit, trapping the lint that comes out the vent hose.


Jan 20, 2014 | Dryers

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Taking longer than usual to dry. Vent is clear

You need to check the internal duct work for lint buildup.

Nov 29, 2012 | Dryers

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It takes forever to dry a load of clothes. Drum

Have you checked your vent for blockage? Over time, lint build-up in the vent and in the back of the dryer makes your drying time longer and longer. Unplug the dryer, pull it out and disconnect the vent. Using a flashlight and a vacuum, clean out the back of the dryer that connects to the vent and the vent itself. If you have a long vent line, you'll need to find a away to clean it out to clear any blockage. I use a hand-held plumbers snake that rolls up and pulls out as much length as needed. Then spin it around in the vent to knock off lint attached inside the vent tube walls. It may be easier to do this from the outside, but you can do it from the inside too. Check your outside vent cap for blockage and make sure the vent flap outside is not stuck closed. Also make sure when you push the dryer back into place, that you don't squish the vent tube, if it is made of plastic or foil. After reconnecting the vent, turn on the dryer. The air flow may blow out the lint you have dislodged with the snake. Clean out as necessary at the outside vent. I have a long vent line on my dryer, so I have do this annually. This has helped shorten my dry time every time I do it. Of course, cleaning out the filter regularly, does help too. The more often you clean the filter, the less lint that will build up in the vent . Hope this helps. Douglas

Jul 17, 2010 | Maytag MED5600TQ Electric Dryer

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Not drying like it used to

The Load will make a differance on how long it takes to dry. I would check your exhast vent for the dryer and make sure its clear. the vent hose from the dryer to the wall should be clear and not crushed. if it is, a 50% crush or blockage will make it take 50% longer to dry. the vent from the wall to out side the home could have a blockage or some of them have those little vents that open when the dryer is on. and sometimes they get stuck, this will cause a longer dry time.
Turn on your dryer and Find that ouside exhaust vent and if you can reach it, make sure its blowing strong. and with heat and nothing blocking it. (( somtimes birs will make a nest in them.))

Jan 08, 2010 | Dryers

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The dryer will no longer dry. the last time i used the dryer within 5 minutes there was a burning smell , and now the dry will no longer dry my clothes. every time that i use the dryer i always clean out...

Most likely your venting is kinked or clogged.  First check at the back or your dryer for kinks.  If it is not clogged then check outside your house where the venting comes out with the dryer running if you feel strong airflow then the venting is clear.  

Oct 25, 2009 | Dryers

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Dryer takes longer and longer to dry

The dryer vent may be partially blocked. First of all check the outdoor end of the vent to make sure it is not covered with something, in the north snow is often the culprit. If that end is clear, pull out the dryer and disconnect the vent pipe from the dryer then check inside with a flashlight to make sure it is clear. Remove any built up lint. that should do it.

Feb 05, 2009 | Roper REX4634KQ Electric Dryer

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Dryer taking longer and longer to dry

The only way to clean the dryer out would be with a vacuum cleaner and a flexible hose. Cleaning it may help but your problem more than likely isn't lint build up. The gaskets on these dryers wear out pretty quick and don't seal as well as they should. Usually cleaning will help for a little while but it will not solve the problem.

Dec 15, 2008 | Dryers

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The timer to dry clothes has been getting longer and longer

You need to make sure the lint catch area and the whole venting system is cleaned out. It sounds as if the lint is building up and causing a blockage, making drying time longer and longer. Especially if the dryer is doing this on Sensor dry and Time dry settings. There are many different products to use, but the LINTEATER by Gardus is fanatstic, you can usually get it at any hardware/home improvement store. Depending on how long your venting system is it also has an extension kit available.
The lint catch area beneath the screen is a pain to get into, you can buy an attachment for your vac, a thin flexible one is best. There are many online and in stores. But the best way to really clean the lint catch area is removing the lower front panel of the dryer. A service manual would show you how. But if you haven't checked & cleaned or had a company clean the venting system in awhile I wouldn't use the dryer until doing so. It could be very dangerous if there is a blockage. VERY DANGEROUS.
If all your venting and lint catch area is clear and there still is a problem, it could be the moisture sensor or temp sensors in the dryer. If you're not familiar with checking these things w/ a service manual yourself, a service call would be best.
Also, make sure whatever you are using to connect the dryer vent to the wall/roof venting system is a good quality connection with as few loops, turns possible. Make it as short and straight as you can w/ a better quality material.
Good luck, and please check that venting system ASAP ; )

Nov 24, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MCE8000AY Electric Dryer

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