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  • Writer's pictureBridget Webster

Dryer not Drying?

If you've noticed that your dryer is not effectively drying your clothes, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to figure out what's causing the issue. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to diagnose the problem and get your dryer back in working order. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of diagnosing why your dryer isn't drying your clothes.


Step 1: Check the Lint Filter

The first thing you should do when your dryer isn't drying your clothes is to check the lint filter. A clogged lint filter can reduce airflow and cause your dryer to take longer to dry your clothes. Make sure to clean the lint filter before every load, and if you notice that it's particularly dirty, you may need to clean it more frequently.


Step 2: Check the Vent Hose

For this step and the following, you might need to contact our maintenance team for further assistance. The next thing to check is the vent hose that runs from the back of your dryer to the outside of your home. A clogged vent hose can also reduce airflow and cause your dryer to take longer to dry your clothes. Make sure that the vent hose is free of obstructions and is not crushed or kinked. If you find that the vent hose is damaged, you may need to replace it.


Step 3: Check the Heating Element

If the lint filter and vent hose are both clear, the next thing to check is the heating element. The heating element is responsible for heating the air inside the dryer, and if it's not working properly, your clothes may not dry as quickly as they should. You can check the heating element by using a multimeter to test for continuity. If the heating element is faulty, you'll need to replace it.


Step 4: Check the Thermostat

Another common cause of a dryer not drying clothes is a faulty thermostat. The thermostat is responsible for regulating the temperature inside the dryer, and if it's not working properly, your dryer may not heat up enough to effectively dry your clothes. You can check the thermostat by using a multimeter to test for continuity. If the thermostat is faulty, you'll need to replace it.


Step 5: Contact a Professional

If you've checked all of the above and your dryer still isn't drying your clothes, it may be time to contact a professional. A professional technician can diagnose and fix more complex issues, such as a faulty control board or motor. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to replace the dryer altogether.


A dryer that isn't drying clothes can be frustrating, but by following these steps, you can diagnose and fix the problem. Remember to clean the lint filter and vent hose regularly, check the heating element and thermostat, and call a professional if needed. By taking care of your dryer and keeping it in good working order, you can avoid future problems and ensure that your clothes are always dry and fresh.

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