In the world of household chores, few things are more annoying than popping open a dryer and finding a pile of damp clothes. If your dryer leaving clothes damp has become a recent problem, or if the dryer takes too long to dry, it can make chores take longer. You might have to wait to leave the house until you restart the cycle. You can accidentally leave wet clothes in the dryer and ruin your clothes with mold or mildew!
Dryer not drying? When your dryer not heating, there are a couple of steps you can take to get the heat back in the game.
Why Your Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry
Here are a few initial tests you can run if your dryer takes too long to dry. You might be able to fix the problem on your own:
- Make sure it isn’t a problem with the washer. Washing machines end with a spin cycle that is meant to fling excess water off the fabric. If the spin cycle doesn’t work properly, your dryer may not be built to handle the waterlogged clothes.
- Dryer not drying in one cycle? Don’t overload the dryer. Filling a dryer with soggy towels is not a great way to get dry towels.
- Clean out the dryer lint screen. The lint screen mediates the airflow into the dryer. If this becomes clogged, you’ll limit the amount of hot air that your dryer hits your clothes with. Dryer takes two cycles to dry? A dirty lint screen may be the culprit.
- Clean out the dryer air vent hose. There might be a couple of different problems with the hose. If the hose is kinked, airflow will be restricted. If lint has built up in the hose, airflow is also restricted, and it might pose a fire hazard.
Clothing that is only partially dry is bad news. If your dryer doesn’t dry clothes properly, it can harm the fabric and longevity of the clothing. Your favorite shirt can fall to pieces way quicker if it isn’t adequately dried. Clothing that is still even a little damp can develop mold, mildew, and an unattractive smell.
If your dryer isn’t working, take the clothes out and hang them up to dry. You probably don’t want to use this as a long-term solution, but it can help get things dry while you take the next steps.
Repair vs Replace Dryer
In some cases, if your dryer isn’t drying or if your dryer takes too long, you need to buy a new dryer. However, it is generally far cheaper to repair the dryer that you already have. Don’t break out the online catalog until you’ve called an appliance repair service. They might be able to fix it for you without breaking the emergency fund on a new dryer.
If you’ve exhausted these fixes and your clothes are still a soggy mess, it’s time to get some appliance repair. Dryer takes too long to dry? Appliance Care can come to your house and fix that faulty dryer on the spot. We carry parts and tools in our vehicles, so it usually takes just one trip! We’ve seen a lot of faulty dryers over the years. It’s usually a simple belt, heating coil or thermal fuse.
If we determine that the dryer is a goner and can’t really be fixed, make sure to check out some environmentally friendly ways to recycle appliances. Don’t give up on your old dryer. The most environmentally friendly way to recycle an appliance is to extend its lifespan by making the simple repairs needed to keep it going.