Electric Dryer Takes Too Long To Dry

If your electric dryers taking too long to dry, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken dryer with.

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Troubleshoot An Electric Dryer That Takes Too Long To Dry With These 6 – Steps

Step-1. Lint Blockage

The most common reason a dryer takes too long to dry the laundry is from lint blockage in the dryers ventilation system.  If your laundry is hot and damp at the end of the drying cycle, make sure that the lint filter has been cleared of all of the lint.  The lint filter should be cleaned between every load, as regular maintenance.  If the filter was clear of lint, you will need to pull the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer.  Look for lint build up in the dryer vent and in the vent hose, and clean if any is present.  Try running a load of laundry with the vent hose disconnected from the back of the dryer, if the load comes out dry, you will need to inspect and remove any lint build up at the wall vent connection and the homes exterior/outside vent.

Step-2. Blower Wheel

You will need to locate the dryers blower wheel and clean out any lint build up that is present.  Note: you will need to wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp unfinished metal edges.  Try turning the blower wheel by hand, the dryers drum should turn as the blower wheel is being turned.  Make sure that the blower wheel is not stripped from the drive motor shaft or broken anywhere.

Step-3. Heating Element

You will need to visually inspect the dryers heating element for damage.  If the elements coils are intact and no signs of damage are found, you will then need to test it for continuity using a multimeter or a digital meter.  If the element does not have continuity the part is bad and will need to be replaced.  Before installing the new heating element on your dryer, you will need to check for burnt or loose wires and repair them before installing the new element.  Loose wire connections, damaged or burnt wires can short out the new element.

Step-4. High-Limit Thermostat

The high-limit thermostat is located on the dryers heating element housing.  The thermostat is used to monitor the dryers temperature, and will shut the heating element off if the dryer gets too hot.  You will need to test the thermostat to make sure that it has continuity using a multimeter or digital meter.  If the meter shows the thermostat has continuity the part is good.  If the thermostat does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced.

Step-5. Cycling Thermostat

The cycling thermostat is normally located on the dryers blower housing.  The thermostat is used to cycle the heating element on and off during the drying cycle to regulate the temperature of the air entering the clothes dryer.  Using a digital meter or a multimeter, you will need to test the cycling thermostat to see if it has continuity, if the meter shows that it has continuity the thermostat is good.  If the thermostat does not have any continuity, then the part is bad and will need to be replaced.

Step-6. Moisture Sensor

The moisture sensor is used to monitor the moisture in the laundry.  When the laundry is dry the moisture sensor will send a signal to the electronic control board telling it that the laundry has finished drying.  If the moisture sensor is faulty, the dryer can shut off prematurely, leaving the laundry damp or continue to run after the laundry has dried.

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