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Kenmore portable electric dryer, worked well but doesn't dry as fast anymore, probably lint filter not cleaned for a few loads. Can it be easily fixed? Thanks

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More then likely it is a restricted vent tube, disconnect and see if it drys better.

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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.

on Dec 03, 2009 | Dryers

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How stop front loading electric dryer vibration while drum is rotating clothes.


110 means you have a whirlpool dryer. If the filter is on top then I would say you have a bad glide, if the filter is in the door you have a bad wheel, very rare. At any rate you need to open it up and inspect it.

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Mar 06, 2012 | Kenmore Dryers

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Doesn't dry fast


The first thing I will ask is this: does it take several cycles to dry? if so, its most likely the vent and not the dryer especially if it vents on the roof...I would say to be sure, remove vent off of rear of dryer and try a regular load of clothes...if they dry with hose off...your vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned..the screen on the roof vent usually gets clogged with lint...

Nov 28, 2010 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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We have a Kenmore 80 gas dryer that tumbles, has hot air, but takes 2 hrs to dry. Vent line is clear, but lint filter is getting lint on back side of filter as well as normal amount on correct side. The...


Have you cleaned out the lint build-up from inside of the dryer yet? When you disconnect the vent from the back of the dryer, look inside the dryer. It probably have years of lint build up covering everything and needs cleaned out. You also will need to clean out the filter reservoir (with the filter removed) if you can get to it with a vacuum attachment. Be sure to unplug the cord and close the gas valve while you are working on it. Also be sure your vent flap outside is not stuck and allows hot air to open it when in use. Lastly, when you push the dryer back into place, make sure you don't squish the vent tubing if it is an expandable plastic or foil vent, which will restrict air flow and cause drying clothes to take longer. Hope this helps. Douglas

Jun 03, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dryer takes 2 hrs to dry a load


you need to clean out the dryer,you need to remove and clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the inside where the motor is and blow out the vent line,if it's a long run from the wall to outside use a leaf blower to blow out all the lint,you should have this done once a year,just like getting an oil change on your car a dryer has maintenance too,if you don't do it you'll pop the thermal fuse or the high limit thermostat,they are safetyswitches so you don't have a fire or when the dryer runs hotter than normal,good luck

Jan 25, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Kenmore Elite HE want to know where the filter is so it can be cleaned top load, super capacity, have a clean machine cycle, but is there a filter that needs to be cleaned periodically?


most just have a lint filter at front of machine they should be cleaned after every load and chect where dryer vent goes outside wall of house see if it is clogged with lint clean that out as well

Dec 26, 2009 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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Won't dry clothes


Try running the dryer with the vent pipe unplugged. There should be a lot of hot air coming out, if not the insides need to be cleaned. If it really moves air, and dries a load ok unhooked, your vent is clogged. Clean it if you can. If you can't, look into a lint trap that will work for your situation, some have a water trap, some are good filters, etc. If the air is not hot, some of the electric element may be bad. If it's gas, it could need a tune up and cleaning inside.

Apr 24, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dryer cuts off before clothes are dry.


Might be the thermal protector in the motor that is shutting down the dryer, if motor overheats this is what will happen. Make sure there is no lint build up around the motor, if not the motor is bad. does the dryer start right away after shutting off or do you have to wait? If you have to wait the motor is bad.

Jan 13, 2009 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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