You excitedly remove your clothes from the dryer only to find they’re still damp and soggy. A dryer not drying clothes and needing more cycles quickly becomes infuriating.
But don’t stress – while a dryer not drying clothes properly is frustrating, the cause is typically easy to diagnose and repair. This troubleshooting guide from Fix4U Repairs will cover the usual suspects behind dryers failing to dry and help get yours working efficiently again.
What Prevents a Dryer From Drying Clothes?
Lack of drying power usually indicates one of these common issues:
- Clogged Lint Screen: If the lint screen is totally blocked by debris buildup, air and heat flow is restricted so clothes won’t dry.
- Plugged Vent Duct: Blockages in the external vent duct prevent warm moist air from escaping, resulting in wet clothes.
- Overloaded Dryer: Too many clothes or bulky items overload the dryer’s drying capacity. Reduce load size.
- Damaged Heating Element: A partially functional heating element may produce some heat, but not enough to dry clothes fully.
- Loose or Damaged Blower: The blower that circulates hot air needs to be secure and balanced to work properly.
- Thermostat Problems: Defective cycling or high-limit thermostats prevent the element from properly heating cycles.
- Gas Valve Issues: On gas dryers, faulty valves don’t allow for sufficient gas flow to provide adequate heat.
How to Troubleshoot Lack of Drying Power
Start basic dryer drying troubleshooting with these steps:
- Check exhaust duct for debris blocking airflow. Remove all lint and clogs.
- Verify heating element is getting 120V power during cycles by testing terminals.
- Inspect heating element coils for gaps or broken coils reducing heat production.
- Test thermostat continuity and operation using a multimeter.
- Ensure blower wheel spins freely and is balanced.
- Confirm proper gas valve operation on gas dryers based on manufacturer instructions.
Fixing a Dryer That Won’t Dry Clothes
Once the specific issue is identified, repairing dryer drying problems is straightforward:
Replace Heating Element
- Unplug dryer and remove back panel to access element.
- Disconnect element wires, remove screws, and slide out element.
- Install new replacement element, reconnect wires, and secure screws.
Clear Vent Duct
- Disconnect duct from dryer and clear lint and debris clogs with a duct brush.
- Vacuum duct completely. Reattach to dryer vent tightly.
- Confirm duct airflow improved by running dryer and feeling duct exhaust.
- Remove wires from faulty thermostat clips.
- Unscrew thermostat panel bracket and install new thermostat(s).
- Reconnect wires to proper terminals. Test operation.
Preventing Dryer Drying Issues
Follow these tips for optimal dryer performance:
- Clean lint screen before every load to maintain air flow.
- Detach and scrub vent ducts yearly to remove lint and debris clogs.
- Use dryer balls and low static cling settings to allow air circulation.
- Stagger larger items around drum evenly rather than bunching.
- Verify duct length and terminations meet standards.
Don’t tolerate the hassle of perpetually damp clothes. The appliance repair experts at Fix4U Repairs can quickly get your dryer drying like normal again. Contact us at (647) 363-5205 to schedule service!