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Takes a very long time to dry. Not as hot as it used to be.

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Hello- It sound like a very common problem and one that you may be able to remedy yourself. It is likely that the dryer is not venting well and the hot moist air is not getting out of the dryer thus taking longer to dry.

  • Check the venting at the back of the dryer and make sure the flexible duct is not crushed or crimped. If it is then you can replace it (you can get 4" dryer duct from most hardware stores). Even if it looks ok you should remove it from the dryer and the wall and see if there is a lot of lint build up inside.
  • Turn the dryer on and go to the exterior of the house where the vent comes out of the exterior wall and feel how much air is coming out. It should be blowing pretty hard like a fan would. You can also feel inside the vent if possible and see if you feel a lot of lint. Some vents have a little cage over the end to prevent squirrels from getting in there and that can be removed and cleaned. If the air flow is low then you may need to have a duct cleaning service out especially if the vent runs a long distance inside the wall and had many bends.
  • A good way to test if the venting is a problem is to run the dryer with the vent detached from the wall inside. It is best to put pantyhose over the end of the duct to prevent too much lint from filling the room.
  • If is is still taking a long time to dry you may have an issue with the Operating Thermostat and should have a Tech out to check the heating system.
Hope this helps, best regards.

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It is taking far too long to dry, this has only recently started? what could be the problem?


Does it get hot? If it does, then the problem is reduced air flow, caused by a lint filter that hasn't been cleaned, masses of fluff in the exhaust pipe (usually on bends), or the external vent not opening properly. Birds can also nest in the vent pipe if the vent isn't protected or is broken.

If it doesn't get hot, you need a new element. Some dryers have two elements if the dryer has a high and low setting. just one element can fail.

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We have a WHIRLPOOL dryer model # KGYE670BWH3 and the problem is that when switching from a high to low temperature it stays high at hot rather then low temperature. but then after awhile it will go low.


Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

Lets talk about the physics of changing drying temps mid cycle. The dryer has built up an average temperature that is high when you had high selected. The clothes are hot. The drum is hot and the chassis / ducting is also hot. It can take almost 10 minutes for that residual heat to be removed before you notice that the drying temp has changed.

Having said that, there are a few things to check as to why it is taking an extended period to dry your clothes and why the dryer seems to be running hot.

1. Check the outside dryer vent flapper for lint build up.

2. Check the ducting for lint fromt he dryer exit to the outside vent flapper.

3. Remove the lint filter and look for lint build up around the lint filter ducting. (if it needs cleand do NOT use anything sharp to remove the lint.) A vacuume crevice tool and an old coat hanger folded in half works great.

After checking all of the above and making sure they are ALL clean, try your mid cycle change again an see if it takes less time to notice a difference.

If it is still taking a long time there may be a problem with the temp selector switch.

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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.))

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