Have you noticed that your dryer is taking longer and longer to dry your clothes? Learn how to find the source of these problems and figure out exactly what is giving you trouble. It’s important to keep your dryer running in optimal condition to reduce the energy strain.
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Lint Filter: A full and clogged lint filter will hinder air flow resulting in longer drying sessions. To keep your dryer running efficiently, clean out the lint folder frequently to prevent the lint buildup. Lint should be removed with a vacuum or a cloth. A buildup of fabric softener should be cleaned with soapy water. If you find any visible damage in the lint filter, it should be replaced. A clean lint filter also reduces the risk of fire hazard in your dryer.
Coil: Gas dryers with faulty gas valve coils can seem to take too long to dry if they are occurring in irregular intervals. Check proper flame ignition for the complete dry cycle to determine. Be sure to replace a damaged parts.
Blower Wheel: A faulty blower wheel that is not properly fitted to the drive motor can result in clothes that aren’t being dried properly or quickly. Restricted airflow can build up to much heat and cause the thermostat to trip and shut off the heat circuit. This could be what’s causing your drying cycle to end prematurely and having wet clothes. Another sign of a loose blower wheel is a deep rumbling sound.
Door Seal: A loose door seal can let in cool air from outside enter the dryer drum. It’s important to keep the correct temperature inside the drum to effectively dry your clothes. Inspect the door seal for any signs of damage or wear that may be causing your drying cycle to be inefficient. Should you find any abnormalities, the door seal should be repaired or replaced.
Felt Drum Seal: Drum seals prevent outside air from entering the drum and cushion the drum from the rear and front bulkheads. If the felt seals are torn or damaged, clothing can get caught in the drum. This not only creates a banging and scratching noise, but it also can also tear or mark your clothing. To fully inspect the felt drum seal, the dryer drum can be spun by hand to fully inspect the seal. Should you find any damage, you should replace the felt drum seal.