Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes

Clothes dryer is taking a long time to dry clothes? The difference between gas and electric dryers is the way in which the heat is generated. In an electric dryer, AC current flows through a low resistance coil network causing high current flow through the wire coils. Because of the low resistance heater coil, current flow is high so it generates heat. Air from the internal dryer ducting flows through these wire coils to heat the air and a blower wheel, usually attached to the drum motor, pulls the heated air through the dryer drum.

If you look closely in the dryer drum you will see an inlet and an outlet maytag dryer repair pasadena. The intake is usually at the rear of the inside of the drum, commonly described as looking like a cheese grate. This is where your heat comes from. Well, if you have heat coming in, you have to have heat leaving the drum. The heat duct outlet is located either on the inside next to the intake or on the front of the machine at the lint filter. If the outlet is on the inside rear, you’ll see the lint filter located on top panel of the dryer. If your outlet is on the inside front, you’ll see the lint filter in the same location

In a properly working dryer, electric or gas, you will have heated air coming into the drum and you will have one addition to the heated air that leaves the drum – MOISTURE. The heated air from the heat source blends with your clothes and creates moisture in the air. This moisture MUST escape the drum for your clothes to dry properly. I can guess what you’re thinking at this point – “but I always clean the lint filter.” Yes, most of my customers diligently clean their lint filter but ask yourself this – When was the last time you had a professional vent-cleaning company come in to clean your dryer vent? I don’t mean that flexible venting behind your dryer. I mean the vent that goes from the wall behind your dryer that extends to the outside wall or roof of your house. These should be cleaned AT LEAST every 5 years.

Here are some typical problems a clogged or obstructed vent will cause: Blown heater element – coils overheat from low air-flow causing overheat condition which reduces the lifetime of the element. Blown high-limit thermostat and thermal fuse – caused by an overheat condition. If your dryer is still heating properly but not drying clothes than you are in luck, you still can prevent damage to your dryer and avoid a costly repair. Most dryer-repair calls I make are directly related to a restricted or clogged dryer vent.

In conclusion, if your dryer is showing signs of overheat conditions mentioned in this article, call a dryer vent cleaning service – before you call an appliance repair service, Get that vent thoroughly cleaned from the inside wall all the way to the outside dryer vent. If you don’t see an improvement in drying, than call a repairman. Typically, a dryer vent cleaning service should charge between one hundred and a hundred and fifty dollars max.

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