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The dryer is taking hours to dry a load of towels. I cleaned the vent and it still is taking too long. Help?

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Disconnect the vent and feel the air flow out of the dryer, you may have to clean the inside of the dryer out, underneath the lint trap is a sensor that may have to be cleaned,also. Hope this helped Tim

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