Question about Dryers
t 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 Frequentlythere's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outsideof the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be cleanand clear of lint or any other substance.
Heating element Yourdryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, yourdryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three orfour times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partiallyburned out, replace it.
Internal ductwork Yourdryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can'tdry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clearthe clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick wayto check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use aflashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged andyou can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliancerepair technician.
Cycling thermostat Althoughthis isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls thetemperature 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 ismounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.
Posted on Jul 29, 2008
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