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Clothes Not Drying? Things To Troubleshoot...

Updated: Mar 15

Is your laundry taking longer than usual to dry? Don't despair! Before you buy a new dryer, it's highly possible that it may not be your dryer at ALL! Here are a few simple things you can check to tell if it's the actual dryer or the dryer VENT....

Cartoon of woman removing lint screen from dryer

1. Lint Trap Lo Down:

This fluffy foe might be the culprit! Check your lint trap after every single drying cycle. A clogged trap restricts airflow, making drying inefficient. Empty it completely and maybe even give it a quick wash with warm soapy water to remove any stubborn lint or dryer sheet residue.

2. Hose Hero:

While you're at it, inspect the vent hose behind the dryer that connects to the wall. Look for any kinks, crushes, or tears that might be hindering airflow. If the hose is damaged, replace it with a new one of the same length and diameter.

3. Cycle Sleuth:

Are you using the right drying cycle for your clothes? Heavy towels might need a different setting than delicate blouses. Check your dryer's manual or consult the symbols on the care labels of your clothes to choose the most appropriate cycle.

4. Check for Water:

While a blocked dryer vent won't directly cause water leaks, it can create conditions that lead to standing or dripping water. During the drying process, approximately a gallon of water vapor is extracted from a regular load of clothes and exhausted through the dryers vent. THAT'S A LOT OF WATER! A blocked vent eventually traps this moisture inside, causing it to back up and leak into the dryer or the surrounding area.

Bonus Tip: While the dryer is running, carefully place your hand near the exterior vent opening if you can reach it safely. You should feel a strong flow of warm air. If the airflow is weak or nonexistent, it could indicate a blockage in the vent system, which can lead to longer drying times, increased energy use, and even pose a fire hazard.

Remember, if you've checked many of these things and the problem still persists, it's always best to consult a qualified dryer vent cleaner.

Happy drying!

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