Appliance Repair: Dryer taking too long to dry clothes

Bob Dougherty from Fleet Appliance Repair has some Appliance Repair tips that may save you a service trip from the Appliance Repair Technician.
If your dryer seems to be taking too long to dry your load, check the following or take the following steps:

•Clean the lint screen after every use. You can also periodically wash the lint screen in warm, soapy water to remove any residue, then dry it thoroughly before using it again. Note: Do not operate the dryer without the lint screen in place, as this could damage the dryer.

•Do not dry a load that’s too big or too small. If your dryer is over-loaded or under-loaded, it will take longer to dry your clothes. Items need room to tumble freely in order to dry well, and you also need enough items in the drum for proper tumbling.

•Check the cycle or temperature setting. If the Gentle Tumble option and a low temperature is selected, the dryer will tumble with low heat. Generally you’ll want to select low or medium heat and the Normal Dry setting. Select More Dry for loads requiring more time. A medium-heat or low-heat setting is safe for permanent press, delicate, and knit items, but will require longer drying periods.

•Check for adequate ventilation. If your dryer is installed in a closet or under a counter, it might not be getting the ventilation needed for proper drying.

•Be sure you’re connected to a 240-volt circuit. An electric dryer that is connected to a 208-volt circuit will require 20% more drying time.

•Sort the items you’re drying. Dry items of similar fabric and weight in the same load.

•Take humidity into account. Drying times will be longer in areas where humidity is high. You can use a dehumidifier near the dryer if needed.

•Check the dryer’s moisture sensor bars. To locate the moisture sensor bars, please refer to the Use and Care Manual for your dryer. Fabric softener sheets can leave a residue on the moisture sensor bars in the dryer, which can inhibit their ability to accurately sense wet clothes. Remove the residue by wiping the moisture sensor bars with rubbing alcohol.

Bob Dougherty operates Fleet Appliance Corp, a member of USA, PSA, MSA and AHASC of New York with over 22 years in business. They are Long Islands only Certified Service Center and their factory trained technicians provide appliance repair and installation services. Fleet Appliance is factory authorized for most major brands and licensed by Suffolk Consumer Affairs.

Bob Dougherty
www.fleetappliance.com
631.286.7899
service@fleetappliance.com

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