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Dryer Not Drying Clothes All the Way? Find the Fix

dryer not drying clothes all the way

It’s frustrating to put a load of clothes in the dryer, then find that they’re still damp after a full cycle and that you have to run the dryer again. There are several potential reasons for a dryer not drying clothes all the way. Sometimes you can take care of the problem yourself, and sometimes you need the help of a professional.

How a Dryer Works

A dryer gets clothes dry via a combination of heat and airflow. Heat from the dryer turns the water in damp clothes into steam, and airflow pushes that steam out of the dryer so the clothes can dry. If there is a problem with either heat or airflow, clothes may still be damp after a full drying cycle.

Reasons for a Dryer Not Drying Clothes All the Way

If you have a lot of laundry to do, it can be tempting to cram as much as possible into each load to save time, but that can backfire. When you put too much in the dryer, it blocks airflow. Steam that can’t be removed from the dryer gets trapped in the clothes, which means it takes longer for them to dry.

It’s important to clean the lint trap after each load, but many people don’t take the time to do it. When lint builds up in the lint trap, it reduces airflow, which increases drying time. Make it a habit to clean the lint trap every time you dry a load. Every once in a while, clean the lint trap with warm, soapy water and allow it to dry thoroughly.

There may be a mechanical problem that’s making your dryer’s performance suffer. A technician who is qualified to service your particular type of dryer can figure out if there is an issue with the motor, blower wheel, heating element, or another component and can make any necessary repairs.

Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

A clogged air vent can obstruct airflow and keep a dryer from doing its job properly. A clogged dryer vent is more than an inconvenience; it’s also a fire hazard. You can clean the dryer vent yourself, but you should still schedule a deep cleaning once a year.

Induct Clean has a team of professionals with the right equipment and training for the job. If your dryer vent is due for a cleaning, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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