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jrsharp21 09-15-2007 11:58 AM

Dryer taking forever to dry clothes
In the past two weeks we have noticed that our dryer is taking forever to dry a load of clothes. Where normally we would be able to dry a load of towels in an 80 minute cycle, if not a little bit longer, it is taking us almost 3 of those cycles to dry a load. Or we only have to put in a few towels at a time it takes the 80 minute cycle. When I open the dryer I notice that there is indeed heat coming out, but also I have noticed maybe a little bit more humidity than normal. I don't know if its due to the clothes being in there not drying fast enough or if this is a result of the problem.

Anyone have any ideas what I should check for?

DonnaFL 09-16-2007 05:26 AM

This just happened to us, too. Disconnect the dryer from the outside vent connection and clean it out. We did this and found the exhaust vent almost completely blocked by lent. This worked for us and now we can once again get a load of towels dry in the normal time.

travelover 09-16-2007 03:25 PM

Right on. You have a plugged vent.

BimmerJon 09-19-2007 09:33 PM

clogged vent..

Most important aspect to a dryer, even over heat temp..


inspectorD 09-20-2007 07:14 PM

I like when the squirrels move in.

First.........unplug dryer.

You need to clean the vent entirely..not just at the connection. Clean it all out and you can sometimes remove the back panel of the dryer and find tons more dryer lint.

By the way ..dryer lint is the key ingredient in fires.

It is in the top ten house fire starters...clean em out bi-monthly at least.:eek:

jackofallmastertonone 12-11-2007 08:43 AM

make sure you are using dryer vent pipe and nothing else. I had used a drain pipe for exhaust and was not venting properly. We had the same prob. Clothes would not dry and lots of humidity.

glennjanie 12-11-2007 03:05 PM

The lint screen needs to be cleaned with dish detergent occasionally too. You can brush the lint off and put it under the faucet and it will hold water. Its because of the surface tension caused by fabric softener; especially dryer sheets.

Daryl 12-11-2007 08:33 PM

After cleaning the exhaust line and reconnecting it you need to assure there is a good flow of air exiting it! Since most of you won't own an anomometer just hold your hand over the exit opening . there should be enough force that your hand will be pushed against gently. Sometimes the lines will get cut off when you push the dryer back against the wall and kink the line. Vent lines should be serviced at least once a year.

booft 12-17-2007 08:41 AM


Originally Posted by Educator (Post 13188)
Best to get in the habbit of doing this before every load (not after ever load as the lint you clean will go on the just cleaned clothes :D ) )

Good catch, I know many that forget this and then wonder why their clothes are more fuzzy than when they went in! The little things add up with lint for sure.

cheesefood 01-02-2008 09:51 PM

Great tip! We had just bought a new W&D a few months ago and I was very disappointed that it was taking so long to dry a load - we're talking over an hour. So tonight I pulled out the new vent tubing they'd installed and felt around . Sure enough there was a huge ball of lint clogging up the vent. There's too much snow and it's too damned cold to go outside and thoroughly clean it out but I pulled out as much as I could (which was substantial) and put the shop vac in there to suck out the rest. It's fairly clean, although it could stand to have a far more thorough clean once it warms up.

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