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How To Fix A Dryer That Takes Too Long To Dry

A dryer that is taking too long to dry may seem like a daunting repair, but fixing your own appliance is actually pretty easy. The toughest part is figuring out what dryer part is the problem. We’ve created a list of the most common parts that can cause slow drying times in a dryer. Use this list to diagnose the problem you’re having and then enter your model number into the search box to find the right part for you. You’ll also be able to access even more detailed repair help and tips about your dryer.

Lint Filter

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    • - Takes less than 15 minutes
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    A lint filter that is full of lint will restrict airflow and lengthen dry times. To keep your dryer working correctly, clean out the lint folder after each and every use. Check the lint filter for any buildup of fabric softener that will restrict airflow and wash with soapy water to clean. If the filter is damaged then replace it.

    Blower Wheel

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      • - Takes 1 - 2 hours
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      A blower wheel that is not firmly attached to the drive motor can slip and therefore not move air fast enough to properly dry clothes or even reduce airflow to the point where the high limit thermostat may trip and turn off the heat circuit. A loose blower wheel will usually make a rumbling noise as well. Inspect the blower wheel to make sure that it is tight to the motor shaft.

      Coil

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        • - Customers rate this repair as Easy
        • - Takes 30 - 60 minutes
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        In gas dryers, defective gas valve coils can create a symptom of taking too long to dry if they are intermittent. Check for proper flame ignition for the complete dry cycle to determine if this may be the cause.

        Felt Drum Seal

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        • - Takes 1 - 2 hours
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        The drum seals are used to prevent excess air from entering the dryer drum and act as a cushion between the drum and the front and rear bulkheads. The drum seals are made up of a felt like material. If the seal is torn or is worn then clothing can become stuck in the gap when the drum is turning. This can produce a scraping or thumping noise and the clothes can also be ripped and/or have black marks on them.

        Door Seal

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          • - Takes 15 - 30 minutes
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          When the door is closed in gas and electric dryers the door seal helps to keep cooler air from entering the drum. Keeping the correct temperature at all times inside the dryer ensures that the clothes will dry efficiently. If clothes are not drying then inspect the door seal for signs that it may be worn or damaged.

          More Repair Parts

            We’ve identified the most common parts that can cause a dryer to take too long to dry, but there are other parts that could be at fault. If you are unable to fix your dryer with the information above, enter your model number into the search box for additional repair help. Searching with your model number will give you access to all parts and schematics, symptoms for your specific dryer as well as all installation instructions and videos.