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Maytag Centennial Dryer (MEDC400VW) not drying properly

We bought a house with a brand new Maytag Centennial dryer (MEDC400VW). The house had been empty for two years, so this would not be under warranty. It takes 2-3 cycles to dry a standard load of clothes. We keep the lint trap clean and we can feel heat coming out of the vent outside of the house. The clothes are warm/hot when they go through the first cycle, just not dry. It doesn't matter if it is on timed dry or automatic dry. It is tumbling. I have worked on dryers before (Whirlpool, changing heating elements, etc.) Any thoughts about where to start?

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First of all, please make sure the vent is clear all the way through. Next the vent must be straight as possible. Next it can not be to long. People think that because they feel the air outside the vent is clear, not always true. The vent can be partially clogged. So make sure. Next, if the vent hose has sags or bows and even tight turns. It can accumulate the moisture in it from the drying proceed. If water has collected in the vent hose the clothes will not dry properly. If the vent is to long it can not dry properly either, the blower on the dryer can only move air so far. So the shorter the better. If all of these requirements are meet. Then, I would have to start checking the thermostats. I hope I have helped you. Please respond if you need further assistance.

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    First of all, please make sure the vent is clear all the way through. Next the vent must be straight as possible. Next it can not be to long. People think that because they feel the air outside the vent is clear, not always true. The vent can be partially clogged. So make sure. Next, if the vent hose has sags or bows and even tight turns. It can accumulate the moisture in it from the drying proceed. If water has collected in the vent hose the clothes will not dry properly. If the vent is to long it can not dry properly either, the blower on the dryer can only move air so far. So the shorter the better. If all of these requirements are meet. Then, I would have to start checking the thermostats. I hope I have helped you. Please respond if you need further assistance.

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Exhaust problems are the only thing that will cause this. Check to make sure the exhaust behind the dryer is going straight out without alot of bends. Also no exhaust should be over 20 ft to the outside. Ther is a tip on how to clear house exhaust in the tips section. Just type dryer to long to dry and should take you there.

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SOURCE: my dryer is not drying properly. It takes 2 cycles to get clothes dry. I have cleaned the lint traps and vents but that did not seem to help. Is it worth fixing or is it time to get a new dryer?

You need to check the blower compartment to see if there is a restriction in airflow, also check the thermostat on the system as well. Where the stat is located is brand specific. Check your wiring diagram that is typically stored somewhere near the electronics on the inside in an envelope.

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SOURCE: dryer takes too long to dry

if you have a top lint filter turn the dryer on pull the lint filter out and put your hand in it and see if you have good suckion,if not you still have a clog-mike

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