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Why Your Dryer Might Take Too Long to Dry Clothes

Clothes Dryer with clothes hanging outClothes dryers work pretty simply, so there are only a few reasons why they don’t work right. The biggest problem is that too many people try to fix dryers themselves. Although the reasons for failure are simple, dryer repair takes some skill. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional. It will save you money in the long run and ensure a faster, long-lasting repair.

The Most Common Dryer Problems

The most common reasons that your clothes aren’t getting dry fast enough include these issues:

  1. Air flow problems caused by blockages or holes in the venting hose
  2. Worn or faulty heating elements
  3. Clogged lint traps
  4. Thermostat problems
  5. Overheating

1. Venting Hoses

Air flow and heat are the most critical parts of a clothes dryer. If the air gets blocked for any reason, your dryer won’t work right. It will cost more money to get your clothes dry and take longer. If the venting hose is damaged, air can’t flow as well. Hoses can become blocked from within, or air flow can be blocked at the vent.

Blocked vents could also cause other problems such as a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide if you have a gas dryer. They can also cause your dryer to overheat. That’s why it’s important to hire an expert to protect your family’s safety. Remember to Keep Your Dryer Vent Safe and Squirrel-Free.

2. Faulty Heating Elements

Both electric and gas dryers depend on heating elements or burners to produce heat. The flame of your gas burner might need adjusting up or down, or the burner might be clogged. Electric heating element coils can break or wear out, which reduces the heat and slows the drying time.

3. Clogged Lint Traps

It’s important to keep your lint traps clean after every one of two uses of your dryer. All clothes shed lint, and your lint filter catches this lint and allows the air to flow freely. However, if you don’t clean the trap, air flow gets blocked. Your dryer has to work harder to get the clothes dry. Clogged lint traps can also result in specks of lint on your clothes or cause the dryer to overheat and cause a fire.

4. Thermostat Problems

Faulty thermostats can cause your clothes to take a long time to dry. A professional dryer repair team from a local resetting, or calibrating. If the thermostat is broken, it must be replaced.

5. Overheating

Overheating can be caused by several things, but it’s always dangerous. Overheating can cause fires or damage your dryer so that it can’t be repaired. Vent clogs and blocked air flow are the usual causes. Overheating can also be caused by faulty thermostats or heating elements. it’s dangerous to try to inspect your dryer when it overheats. Unplugging the dryer and calling a service technician are the safest ways to handle the problem.

Dave’s Appliance Service Offers Great Customer Service

If you live in Milwaukee, Waukesha and other nearby counties in Wisconsin and need dryer repair in Menomonee Falls or dryer repair in Milwaukee, our service team at Dave’s Appliance Service specializes in appliance repair for all the major brands. Our experts know what to look for and which parts to order. Our teams often have the right parts on their trucks.

At Dave’s, we can help you get longer life out of your dryer by figuring out what’s making your clothes take so long to dry. The answer might be a simple fix, but no matter the problem, we can fix your dryer fast at an affordable price. Safety is the most important issue when dealing with dryer problems. Call us at (262) 253-2200 to find out how we can help.

Ask us about our repair specials. Senior Discount: Seniors ALWAYS receive $13 off any repair service.

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