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Dryer Troubleshooting

-For best drying results, clean the lint filter before each load.

-When drying only one or two items, toss in a few items of varying size to promote good tumbling action and improve drying results. Dryers with an Auto-Dry cycle will not dry properly with a very small load in the tumbler.

-A drying rack accessory sits stationary on the front and rear bulkheads to speed the drying process of items like: caps, sneakers, sweaters, stuffed toys and pillows. Ask your dealer for details.

-Raising the dryer 6-12 inches with a storage drawer below puts the door opening near level with the washer opening and reduces bending.

Never use white plastic exhaust duct on any dryer!! The stuff is not only flammable, but it increases drying time tremendously! Do not use the foil-looking stuff, either! Use only flexible metal duct or rigid duct.

See our page on  Dryer Venting.

Improper venting or a clogged vent will give the following results:

    1. Long drying times

  • Clothes are hot at end of cycle…bad for Perma-Press items

  • Dryer is noisier than usual

  • Clothes still hot and damp after cycle ends

  • Automatic sensors fail to shut off

  • Premature failure of heating element, motor or bearings

-If your vent runs vertically, such as thru a wall to the roof, expect extended drying times (not to mention premature failure of the motor, drum rollers and heater).

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Why don’t clothes dryers have EnergyGuide labels on them?
Because the efficiency of comparable clothes dryer models is more or less the same, EnergyGuide labels are not required. However, you may want to compare the power consumption for the different models you are considering.

On the average, how much more will it cost to use an electric clothes dryer over a gas dryer?
Generally speaking, gas dryers are less expensive to operate than electric dryers. The cost of drying a typical load of laundry in an electric dryer is 30-40 cents compared to 15-20 cents in a gas dryer. You may visit a local appliance store and check the operating costs of the model you are considering and find out the operating costs for both gas and electricity.

Is it OK to vent a clothes dryer into a basement?
No. It is not recommended to vent dryers to an indoor space. The combination of moisture and heat can produce harmful mold, damage to walls and ceilings, and is generally unhealthy. Indoor vent kits should only be considered as a last resort, and only used in a well-ventilated area.

Is there a code on dryer vent lines, how long, how many bends?
The International Mechanical Code article 504.6 stipulates the requirements for Domestic clothes dryer ducts. In brief, the maximum length of duct permitted is 25 ft. This maximum length should be reduced by 2.5 ft for each 45-degree bend and 5 ft. for each 90-degree bend. The duct should be a minimum nominal size of 4 inches in diameter and shall have a smooth interior finish.

Why isn’t my dryer drying my clothes?
The dryer vent may be blocked, lint screen may be fully covered, or the heating element is malfunctioning. Review my tips on dryer venting to be sure you unit complies. If your dryer vent is blocked, it is a fire hazard and it would be better for you not to run the dryer for an extended period.

Should I remove the back of the dryer and vacuum around the drum?
Not necessary, unless required by the manufacturer or you have a serious concern on the drying time. However, you need to keep the lint-catcher/filter clean. A clogged lint-catcher/filter will restrict air flow and reduce dryer performance. Clean the dryer lint-catcher/filter after each load.

I have heard that it is important to clean a dryer vent to prevent a fire from starting. Is there a tool and instructions for cleaning a dryer vent?
Yes, such a tool is available here on this website. It is a 4″ Nylon brush attached to a flexible rod, which will accommodate most normal duct runs, whether they are straight or at angles. These are perfect for any round vent which runs vertically, since the handle end contains a grommet which allows it to be pulled thru the longest runs. A one-time purchase can save you a fortune on professional cleaning services, at the same time protecting your family and property from accidental fire!      

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For common repair problems, check the following tips:

My dryer won’t run at all!

My dryer won’t heat

My dryer takes too long to dry

My dryer gets too hot

How to change a Dryer belt

GE Dryer element replacement

Maytag Dryer breakdown pics

Installing a dryer cord

Tune up that Kenmore or Whirlpool Dryer…cheap!

Tune up a Frigidaire or Westinghouse Dryer

Protect your beautiful floor when moving the dryer

Neat things you can do with Bounce!

Test your heating element, thermostats and voltage with our inexpensive multi-meter.

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