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Why?? posted 1/11/2014 21:08 PM

Average load of towels w some pillow cases? Think the dryer in my place isn't doing so well. Been over an hour and stuff still a bit damp. I don't want to have to hang them to dry then they are all hard...yuk

jrc1963 posted 1/11/2014 21:18 PM

That doesn't sound right to me...

Do they feel hot?

What type of dryer do you have?

Have you cleaned out the lint screen?

Catwoman posted 1/11/2014 21:25 PM

Clean the lint screen. Also check to ensure you rant drying too much per load. I have also noticed that dryers with sensor technology can be inaccurate, particularly when varying fabrics are dried in the same load.

You might also want to clean the discharge hose and outside vent, if possible.

Cat

Catwoman posted 1/11/2014 21:25 PM

Clean the lint screen. Also check to ensure you rant drying too much per load. I have also noticed that dryers with sensor technology can be inaccurate, particularly when varying fabrics are dried in the same load.

You might also want to clean the discharge hose and outside vent, if possible.

Cat

Amazonia posted 1/12/2014 05:07 AM

Not just the lint screen but also the hose.

thebighurt posted 1/12/2014 06:34 AM

That happened with DD's dryer when I was there. Do you use dryer sheets for fabric softener? They cause a build-up on the filter screen. The air can't get through.

I cleaned the lint from her filter and ran some water on it. The water did not go through, but puddled on it instead.

I cleaned it with warm, soapy water and a soft scrub brush to break down the residue and it worked fine again. Nothing wrong with the dryer, just a blocked filter. After a while, it can harm the dryer, or even cause a fire.

It was an old dryer and DD thought it was time to get a new dryer, but was glad she didn't need to right then.

turtle72 posted 1/12/2014 07:04 AM

I tend to cook my laundry, so towels would go in for 90 mins. But things were starting to not get completely dry after that much time. I clean the lint screen after every load but the problem was the exhaust hose clogging. Cleaning out the hose helped for a time. It clogs much quicker than I ever expected.

Why?? posted 1/12/2014 08:50 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions!

I do clean out the lint trap. So it must be in the hose or something.

Amazonia posted 1/12/2014 10:16 AM

They sell fuzzy snake things at bed bath and beyond that are designed to clean out the hoses. My last apt, when xh and I moved in, the dryer would run for ages and not make a difference. We went to clean the hose and found a mesh screen on the outside wall, probably meant to keep birds and critters out. It was packed solid with a 3 inch thick layer of lint. We disconnected the hose from the dryer, put the loose end in a bucket, and flushed it with water until it ran clean. It took about two weeks to clog back up, so we ended up replacing it with a screen with way bigger holes (with our landlady's permission). Never had trouble after that.

Eranda posted 1/12/2014 10:43 AM

Check the exhaust outlet. Years ago, my dryer was taking longer and longer to dry anything, but I didn't think it was the hose since the hose was very short. I pulled the dryer out from the wall and it turned out that a BIRD had built a nest in the dryer exhaust opening. Once I cleaned that out, all was fine. Clean the hose and check the exhaust outlet.

ISPIFFD posted 1/12/2014 14:08 PM

Check the exhaust outlet. Years ago, my dryer was taking longer and longer to dry anything, but I didn't think it was the hose since the hose was very short. I pulled the dryer out from the wall and it turned out that a BIRD had built a nest in the dryer exhaust opening. Once I cleaned that out, all was fine. Clean the hose and check the exhaust outlet.

^^^^ This. Happened to us almost every spring no matter what we put over the vent on the outside. XH got very adept at using the leaf blower to clear out the whole tube that ran from the dryer area out to the side of the house.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 1/12/2014 16:42 PM

How many towels? I limit it to 7-8 towels/load (I have xlarge capacity for both) and it takes about 45-60 mins I think.

Loading to many towels will increase the drying time.

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