Why is my dryer not drying?

While we are carried away with our job, social life, communities, circles, and the everyday hustle and bustle of life, spending quality time with our loved ones would be challenging. But fortunately, we have plenty of useful home appliances that would give us superpowers and make our life a lot easy. A cloth dryer is one of the home appliances that could save your precious time and energy. Homeowners of large families who have multiple laundry loads to do in a day, then the use of a dryer would do wonders in your tide schedule. 

Many homeowners use a washing machine and a dryer because some people don’t have enough time to line dry clothes, or some neighborhoods don’t allow hanging clothes outside. This problem worsens, if you live in a humid climate, as the drying process will even lengthen up. Also, in a sunny condition, the sun will fade the bright colors away from your clothes. Plus, there’s nothing a feeling like taking warm clothes straight away from the dryer and wearing. But what if your dryer not drying clothes properly?

Why is my dryer not drying?

Well, the primary intension of owning a dryer is to dry clothes efficiently whenever we want. If your dryer isn’t drying your clothes, doing a replacement or calling out for a technician would be expensive. Before opting for those, we can consider trying some DIY methods to see if we can fix the problem.

Unplugged or inadequate electricity or gas supply

When troubleshooting the dryer issues, first and foremost, we have to check whether the power supply somehow detached to the dryer before proceeding into further actions. If the dryer is working on electricity, usually a dryer needs a 240-volt power supply, and two separate 120-volt power lines supply that voltage. If only one line working and the other line is not, your dryer may probably run, but wouldn’t heat up enough.

If your dryer is plugged in with enough power, then you have to check whether the circuit breaker is tripped or not.

If the dryer is working with a gas supply, you have to examine whether the breaker is working.

Clogged or jammed lint screen 

The cloth dryer uses constant shaking and high temperature to dry out the clothes, while they swirl around the dryer. During the process, the agitation and swirling cause the laundry to shed some debris, piece of threads and fibers due to the pressure. The lint screen of a dryer’s primary intention is to catch these fibers to prevent blocking the vent hose.  A clogged lint screen may be a leading cause of the less performance in the dryer. That’s what happens when you don’t clean the lint screen regularly. If you don’t do this properly, the lint will block the proper airflow to the clothes, and the result will be damp clothes, and the dryer isn’t drying clothes.

But the lint screen doesn’t catch all the fibers dropped from the laundry.

Unfortunately, some of the fiber gets stuck in the dryer’s housing and the vent hose, which may cause the clothes not drying properly. To resolve this, you have detached the vent hose and clean it properly. 

To clean the lint screen, you can use warm soapy water and a toothbrush.

Clogged or blocked vent

During the process of drying laundry, the dryer produces very hot and, humid air and the air flows out of the dryer through the vent hose. The air contains fiber from the laundry, and they can block the vent hose over time. This will significantly reduce the efficiency of your dryer, and it will take more time to dry clothes and may increase the possibility of a fire. Plus, it will heat your laundry room too.

You can check whether your vent hose is clogged or not, by switching on the dryer and use your hand to confirm whether the airflow is hot and fast. If it is slow and not very hot, your vent hose is probably blocked by fiber and needs proper cleaning.

Uneven laundry load in the dryer and overloading the dryer

Uneven laundry loads mean you put the heavyweight sheets, ample towels, and lightweight garments and delicate together, it will negatively affect your dryers’ performance. Due to weight and the size difference, the dryer will not dry the higher weight, larger items properly and may even stop and shut off thinking that the clothes are dry enough.

It is very important to separate the laundry by the weight to obtain a higher performance in the dryer. 

The two main functions of a dryer, which helps dry clothes quickly and properly, are the high heat and the proper airflow. The water in the clothes vaporizes into steam by the high heat, and the hot steam is pushed away from the dryer by the airflow. As you can see, if you overload the dryer, the airflow will not pass properly, and the humidity will trap inside the clothes, causing slowing down the drying process. 

No idea about the maximum cloth load? Read the user manual.

Malfunctioned door switch 

Your dryer has a switch on the door, which prevents the dryer from running while the door is still open. But as time goes, the sensor would be broken, and the switch would suggest that the door is open, even when the door is closed.

To fix this error, you have to try pressing the door switch while the door is still open. If it is working, then you have to adjust the door. If not, then you need to replace the door switch.

Too wet clothes

You perform all the above tasks and still think about how to fix the clothes dryer, and your dryer is taking multiple cycles to dry, then probably your washing machine is leaving clothes too wet. If it’s not draining the excess water properly from your clothes, then the problem is with the washer. Not the dryer. When you take the clothes out of the washing machine, if the clothes are completely soaking wet, then the dryer would not dry out the clothes with a regular drying cycle. It would be the cause of dryer taking multiple cycles to dry.If you clean and maintain your dryer well, you probably would be able to prevent many of these issues before they cause a considerable impact on your budget.  As a homemaker, it’s beneficial to try these DIY methods first before contacting a technician.

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