Possible Reasons Your Dryer Takes Forever to Dry

October 27, 2014

Dryers used to be somewhat of a crapshoot in trying to figure out how long it was supposed to take to dry your clothes. In fact, your machine may have taken way too long to dry your clothes because there was something wrong with it, yet you never knew.

Reasons Your Dryer Takes Forever to Dry
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Fortunately, today’s models are a little bit more intuitive. Many modern dryers have automatic dry times along with multiple settings in which the machine will turn off when your clothes are dry. However, if your dryer isn’t working right, then the clothes may come out wet or it may take way too long to dry them.

Few Ways to Check Your Dryer

The following are a few ways to check your machine if it’s not working right: no

  • Check the heating process – Put the machine on a regular timed cycle and turn it on. Let it run for a couple of minutes before opening the door. You’ll want to check to see if the heating sensors are working properly. If they aren’t, they will need to be replaced.
  • Check the tumbler – If the heating elements are working, then you’ll want to check to see if the tumbler turns inside of your dryer. Put the dryer on a regular timed dry cycle and look inside to see whether or not the tumbler is working. If it’s not, then it will not dry your clothes.
  • Check the exhaust hose – If the heating elements and tumbler are working as they should inspect the exhaust hose for lint clogs. Turn the machine on while it’s empty and check the tube’s airflow. If the airflow is poor, then it’s mostly because it’s being blocked by lint.
  • Check the door – Another common problem – especially amongst older models – is a broken door switch. If the switch doesn’t work as it should, then the machine won’t work either.

These are just some of the reasons why your dryer isn’t working. While you can check for these problems yourself, it’s a smart idea to have a professional do a thorough inspection of your dyer if it’s not working properly.

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