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I have been noticing that my dryer is taking much long to dry items these days. I have cleanded out the lint area with a vaccuum (as I periodically do) and I only seem to collect lint in the left corner of the trap & there is some moisture on the glass door along with wet lint.

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Hello there:
It normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these. Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance. Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it. Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician. Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

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Keep getting "AF" code even after cleaning and washing lint trap and cleaning all hoses from back of unit all the way to out of house.


your description is common when there is a blockage , or blower not moving, I would take it apart again and reassemble to make sure everything is put together correctly.

Nov 30, 2015 | Dryers

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Dryer Taking too Long to Dry Your Clothes?


A very common issue we deal with on FixYa is clothes dryers that are taking too long to dry clothes. Here's a few tips on keeping your drying time to the minimum.
1. Check and empty your lint trap before each load. If air flow is restricted, your dryer will need longer to get the job done. A clean lint trap will allow for maximum intake air to the dryer blower.
2. Check the exhaust ductwork for lint buildup. If the 4" ductwork that carries your warm, moist, lint-laden air to the exterior of your home is blocked with years of lint and moisture, chances are pretty good your dryer is taking longer than it should to get your clothes dry.
  • Disconnect the dryer power cord (and gas line if a gas unit), slide the dryer forward far enough to access the 4" ductwork clamp at the back of the dryer. Disconnect the ductwork at the dryer and separate to inspect both in the dryer exhaust duct and the ductwork as well.
  • Remove all built up lint. You may need to access under the floor, or in the crawlspace, or basement to get at all the areas that lint may be built up. Remember that when there's an elbow (turn) chances are pretty good there's lint in there, so take the time to separate the ductwork where needed to give it a thorough cleanout.
  • Long straight sections of ductwork can be easily cleaned by purchasing a "webster" style pole brush.
  • Clean the exhaust duct of the dryer but be careful not to damage anything inside your dryer
  • Reconnect and turn the dryer on air fluff to blow the rest out.
3. Remove lint build up from inside the machine
  • Turn power off again
  • Remove the front cover of your dryer
  • Remove the front drum support/air duct from the front of the dryer
  • Carefully vacuum the lint out of the dryer with soft brush attachment on your vac. Be careful not to damage any ignitor or electrical items.
  • Clean the inside of the lint trap duct of sediment/ buildup
4. Make sure your washing machine is spinning the water out of your loads correctly. This one is pretty obvious, but it bears mentioning.
If your clothes feel wetter than normal, it's definitely going to take longer to dry. Be sure to wash "like" items. A medium/large load of towels is better than a towel and 5 cotton shirts ( that towel will throw the load off balance and your machine won't spin as fast to get the water out).
5. Medium-sized loads dry faster than mega-large-cram-it-in loads.
The idea of getting all you can into a dryer (or washer) to save time and money will end up costing you both time and money. I've seen this played out many times in my laundromats: You will find that a medium, loosely packed load will dry faster and with less wrinkles and less ironing needed.


Using these guidelines will help keep your drying times to a minimum and also allow your machine to work for many years to come.

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DRYER MAKES HUMMING NOISE BUT WONT START


Sounds like the capacitor on the motor is faulty

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No lint on filter? Where is it all going? Checked exhaust vent bought a vacuum attachment and there is no lint. Twice and sometimes triple the drying time! Help!


Instructions
  1. Dryer Does Not Run
    • 1 Close the door firmly. The dryer will not operate if the door is not completely closed.
    • 2 Press the "Start" button firmly or push the knob in to start the dryer.
    • 3 Turn the dial past the "Off" position and away from "Wrinkle Prevent." The dryer will not start in the "Off" or "Wrinkle Prevent" position.
    Long Drying Times
    • 4 Remove the lint screen. Clean it and replace it.
    • 5 Check the temperature of the room. The dryer will not operate properly in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • 6 Inspect the area around the dryer. It requires at least 1-inch clearance on the front and sides of the dryer. A 5-inch clearance is needed on the back of the dryer. Move the dryer, if needed.
    • 7 Separate large loads and do not use an air dry cycle.
    Lint, Stains and Wrinkles
    • 8 Clean the lint screen before drying each load of clothes to prevent lint buildup on clothing.
    • 9 Add fabric softener sheets before starting a drying cycle. If the sheets are added after the load has partially dried, they can leave stains on the clothing.
    • 10 Dry small loads and remove clothing as soon as the drying cycle completes to prevent wrinkling.
    Dryer is Noisy
    • 11 Check the inside of the dryer for loose change, buttons or other items. Empty the pockets on clothing before drying.
    • 12 Separate items that are knotted together and restart the load. Knotted or balled up clothing will bounce and make the dryer vibrate.
    • 13 Level the dryer. Turn the leveling legs on the front of the dryer clockwise or counter-clockwise until the dryer is level. Turning the legs clockwise will lower the dryer. Turning the legs counter-clockwise will raise the dryer.

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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.

That is it for now.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Kelly

Mar 05, 2010 | Dryers

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My Dryer not that old, takes all day to dry a small load.


Check the following areas thoroughly to address this issue.


1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.

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MAYTAG NEPTUNE dryer takes long time to dry, notice water coming


your vent is very very cloged you need to take off vent hose and clean lint out of dryer.(do not use until you do.

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Whirlpool Model LE7010XSNO. No Heat After Lint Cleaned Out


Those are likely possibilities. Also check the wiring for disconnected or burned terminals especially in areas that get hot. The element comes out easily to visually check it for breaks. If that's OK I'd look at the safety thermostat.

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IF YOU HAVE HEAT & ITEMS ARE STILL WET/DAMP.YOUR PROBLEM IS WITH THE VENTING.CHECK YOUR OUT SIDE WALL CAP,VENT HOSE,IF THEY ARE CLEAR,YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE FRONT OFF & CLEAN OUT THE BLOWER HOUSING & LINT FILTER AREA.

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You probably have a bad thermistor located on the blower housing, a small black plastic item.

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