Why Is My Dryer Taking Forever to Dry Clothes?

Why Is My Dryer Taking Forever to Dry Clothes?

Are you tired of asking “Why Is My Dryer Taking Forever to Dry Clothes!?” Do your clothes require two to three drying cycles? Have you ever worn damp clothes to work?  Is your dryer working as it should?  If you answered yes to any of these, you are in the right place!

Nothing can be more frustrating and exasperating than a dryer that’s taking forever to dry clothes.

Most of the time, dryers start losing their efficiency with age. However, time is not the only factor that’s killing your machine. As per the experts, low maintenance ruins more dryers than age does.

The first thing that you need to understand is how your dryer works.

How Your Dryer Works – How to Keep It Clean

Every dryer dries clothes using hot air. The air is sucked into the dryer through the vents, heated and blown into the room. The heat is derived either from natural gas, propane gas, or electricity.

The moisture-laden air blows and terminates outside the house via a duct with a lint screen near its mouth. When the air blows out of the house, it sucks lint and dirt along with it.

The lint gets stuck in the lint screen, accumulates over time, and blocks the mouth of the dryer, eventually tampering its performance.

So, the best way to keep your dryer running strong is to keep it clean. Cleaning your dryer every six months for light users and two-three times a year for medium to heavy users is recommended.

I’ve Cleaned My Dryer & My Dryer Is Still Taking Forever To Dry My Clothes. What Now?

Besides lint, your dryer may also malfunction if any part of it wears out or breaks. If any of these parts go out, your dryer could start taking forever to dry your clothes. Some of the most common parts that cause a dryer to lose its efficiency are:

Does Your Driver Have a Jammed Blower Wheel?

 A Dryer’s blower wheel along with the drive motor is what drives in the air inside the dryer drum. When any lint or dirt manages to pass the lint screen, it gets stuck into the blower wheel.

Over time, as lint keeps accumulating on the blower wheel, the sleeve of the blower wheel starts to wear out. Due to this, the blower wheel starts to wobble, which eventually makes it hard for the machine to work efficiently.

To determine the condition of your dryer’s blower wheel, remove the dryer and check the airflow. If the flow is weak, check the wheel. If it wobbles, get it replaced.  Schedule an appointment today and Superior Dryer Vent technician will professionally inspect and replace your dryer’s blower wheel.

Want to dry to replace your dryer’s blower wheel yourself? We love our DIY community! Here’s a link to a viable dryer blower wheel. Just call us if you need guidance during the installation.

Once you fix your dryer’s blower wheel your clothes will resume drying fast and in one cycle (not three)!

Have A Gas Powered Dryer? Check Your Solenoid Gas Valve

If you are using a Gas powered dryer, then this is for you. Gas-powered dryers have more than two solenoid coils. The solenoids are what stands between the gas and the burner. A broken solenoid may cause an improper flow of gas into the burner.

Check if the igniter lights the gas after it glows to determine if the solenoid is broken. In the event it doesn’t, it is time for you to replace the valve. It is better to replace the whole set at a time.

Dysfunctioning Moisture Sensor

In modern dryers, manufacturers place motion sensors inside the machine, which sends the moisture level to the control board. The board regulates the hot air flow according to the data. A dysfunctioning moisture sensor may send wrong information to the board, which will eventually hamper its functionality. 

If your dryer is left unmaintained for a prolonged period, your dryer could take forever to dry your clothes. Opting for a professional to assess the issue is a wise choice unless you know what you are doing. An efficient dryer not only dries your clothes fast but also keeps the bill in check. Contact Us today to talk with a professional dryer cleaning and repair expert. Schedule your free dryer vent inspection today or join the waiting list and save money!


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Locally owned and insured, we offer our dryer duct cleaning service to the entire DFW Metroplex and the surrounding areas.

8401 Memorial Ln
Plano, TX 75024


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