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Dryer takes a long time to dry. How long should an average cycle take?

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The normal drying cycle for a normal load of clothes should be around a hour if you dryer is 220 Volts.

Chances are you have a Clogged Vent

If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.
Normally, this is what happens during an automatic cycle:
The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a pre-set temperature--say 135 degrees.
When the dryer reaches the pre-set temperature, the thermostat tells the timer to begin advancing. (If there's a moisture sensor, the timer advances only if the moisture content of the clothing is low enough.)
The timer advances until the interior cools, then the thermostat tells the timer to stop advancing, and tells the dryer to start heating again.
This cycle continues until the clothes are dry. But...if the vent is clogged, the dryer may never reach the proper operating temperature, so it doesn't send the signal to the timer and the dryer continues to run indefinitely, even if the clothes are completely dry. To fix the problem, clean the vent and/or internal ductwork.
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 the heating element. You can check for an ohm reading but will need to refer to the service manual for proper reading. This sometimes on the tech sheet located somewhere on the dryer. Usually between 9-13 ohms.
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 . This thermostat usually has four wires going to it. Check the 2 terminals that are opposite each other and are the closer together of the 2. These 2 terminals should have continuity. If not replace the thermostat.
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Posted on Apr 11, 2011

  • hillaryw2003 May 11, 2011

    This was great!!! I feel confident that this could be my problem and when I have a service person come in to check on my dryer I will have some knowledge !!! Thank you

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The fact that the dryer takes so long to dry indicates either an air flow problem or a "heating" problem. You don't say weather the units gets hot or not but you do say that it has been giving you this problem for 3 years so I'll assume that it does heat. You should make sure that there is air flowing through the dryer by just going to where the dryer is exhausted to the outside after turning on the unit and see if it is blowing hot air out. If there is good airflow but it is not hot you may have a bad element or thermostate and you should contact a professional to diagnose the exact problem and repair it. If there is not a strong warm airflow from the exhaust then you probably have an airflow restriction of some type. The first thing to check is the lint filter. Every dryer has a lint filter that should be cleaned out after each load. Check you owners manual to find the location of yours and make sure it's clean. If it is plugged, clean it and check the airfow again. If that does't solve the problem, you need to determine if the dryer vent hose is kinked or plugged. The vent hose is usually located at the bottom of the back of the dryer and are usually only attached with a clamp of some type. Just disconnect the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer, turn the dryer on and check the air flow at the dryer exhaust. The there is little or no air blowing out of the dryer it could be a defective fan. This is a complicated repair and should be done by a professional. If the exhaust coming out of the dryer is strong you know the problem is with the exhaust hose so check for kinks, crushed duct or blockage and repair it then re-connect the exhaust duct to the dryer, turn on the dryer and go back out to the outside exhaust and see if it is now blowing strong. GOOD LUCK. I hope this resolves your problem.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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This could be two problems. First problem, you must have good ventilation. Blow out the dryer vent with a leaf blower or some other type of fast moving air. Also be sure that the vent on the outside isnt blocked by little woodland creatures trying to find a nice warm home. Also be sure that the vent isnt kinked or blocked between the dryer and the wall. If that doesnt work, you may have only 1 of the 2 elements actually heating behing the drum. This would entitle removing the front and drum to check. Let me know if you need further help.

Posted on Dec 09, 2007

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SOURCE: DBXR453ET3WW Electric Dryer Won't shut off unless on timed cycle.

hi thanks for the question in the ge dryer theres 2 elements so if one is not working you only get half heat i would check the heater thanks the appliance doc

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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SOURCE: it takes usually 3 complete cycles to dry an

try taking the vent hose off your dryer and running it through a cycle with it off...if it drys ok then you have a clog somewhere in your venting.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer has some heat but is taking a long time to dry clothes

This type of problem can be caused by a partially burnt heating element, a blown thermal fuse, or a faulty high limit thermostat. All of these components can be checked using an ohm meter or multimeter. Sure hope this helped and best wishes.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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