Why is my dryer not drying?

Why is my dryer not drying?

If your clothes dryer is no longer getting your laundry completely dry, it might not be your dryer’s fault. You might want to take a look at your washer.

Your washer might not be spinning the excess moisture out of your laundry, before it even goes into the dryer. If you notice your laundry is still heavy and wet at the end of your washer’s cycle, this could indicate that the problem is your washing machine and not your dryer.

When’s the last time you cleaned your dryer venting?

Another common problem for dryers that do not dry all the way, is clogged dryer duct work. Clogged dryer venting prevents proper air flow circulation and is actually the cause of many household fires. Be sure to check and clean your venting every few months and to clean the lint filter screen before or after each load.

Additional parts to check include the blower wheel which moves from the heating element to the drum. If it breaks or stops working, heat and air might not be circulating through your dryer properly. The heating element could also be defective, which could lead to increased drying times.

Other parts to check: gas valve coil (gas dryers only), moisture sensor and thermistor.

For more gas dryer or electric dryer parts, visit http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.

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4 thoughts on “Why is my dryer not drying?

  1. kirkjordan8096 June 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm Reply

    GE drier DBSR453 fails to remain ON when push-to-start button is released.

  2. everyappliancepart June 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm Reply

    kirkjordan8096 – have you checked to make sure your dryer belt is not broken? On some GE Dryer models, the dryer will not turn on if the belt is broken. This is a safety feature (interlock switch that kills power to the RUN wire on the motor). Just double check to make sure that the belt if not broken.

    If that’s not it, it could be the start switch itself. Check YouTube to see how to test this part.

  3. Charlotte Eddington June 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm Reply

    A clogged duct work could be the problem? How simple! I hadn’t considered checking my dryer venting before. My problems could be solved in a much more simple way. Maybe I won’t have to call a repair man. Thanks for your tips. http://www.dbhappliance.com/what-we-do.html

  4. Nick Mallory October 12, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply

    I washed some clothes over the weekend that didn’t get really dry; that’s the first time that’s happened with this dryer. I didn’t think that perhaps it’s the washer, like you said. I’ll have to run another load today and see if it comes out of the washer heavy. Thanks for the post.

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