Why Isn’t Your Dryer Drying Your Clothes Properly?

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Mark Jardine
March 23, 2024
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One of the great modern conveniences is having a dryer. Because we tend to see "basic" appliances as more of a necessity than a luxury, the majority of us don't think of them that way. But when your dryer unexpectedly stops functioning properly, we are suddenly reminded of how difficult it would be to hang everything outside on a clothesline.

If your dryer has been failing to completely dry your clothing, follow our advice on what to check and how to fix the issue yourself before calling a repairman to fix it.

Overloaded dryer

A dryer is deemed overloaded when it is fully stocked. Overload restricts tumbling and prevents hot air from the dryer from properly circulating. When this occurs, a large load of laundry will require two cycles in your dryer to finish drying.

Washer leaves clothes too wet

Your washer may be to blame if you discover that your clothes are still damp after washing. If you choose a wash setting without a spin cycle or one with an inadequate spin cycle, your clothes will be too wet for the dryer. Therefore, a typical drying cycle is insufficient to dry these items. Another possibility is that the clothes are too wet after washing due to a washer malfunction.

Dryer lint screen

Every time our clothes are dried, a small amount of fabric fiber is lost. These fibers are blown about and into the lint screen by the hot air from the dryer. Longer drying times may result from improper hot air circulation when the screen is clogged with lint.

Clogged dryer vents

The accumulation of lint and debris inside exhaust vents is a typical reason why dryers take too long to dry clothes. In addition to reducing airflow in the dryer and extending drying times, clogged dryer vents also increase the risk of dangerous dryer fires. These clogs can happen if the lint screen isn't cleaned frequently or if your dryer vent pipes aren't cleaned once a year.

Broken parts

Long drying times may be caused by a malfunctioning dryer component if, despite these fixes, they continue to bother you. A broken heating element is a likely possibility in electric dryers. In gas-fueled dryers, gas valve solenoids can break down and fail to open the valve that lets gas flow to the dryer's burner.

Don't be too stressed when you have a pile of wet clothes to deal with because your dryer isn't drying and you don't know what the problem is. We are here to fix the problem.