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A Dryer Not Drying Clothes: 5 Causes and Solutions

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If you have a dryer that isn’t doing its job, you are most likely having to spend extra time and energy on drying your clothes. If your dryer is not drying clothes, there could be serious mechanical or electrical problems.

This article will detail the five most common causes and solutions for a dryer not drying clothes completely. Take a look, troubleshoot, and decide if you think that these are solutions you can tackle yourself or if you feel you need a professional appliance repair help.

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Dryer not Drying Clothes: Causes

The most common causes of a dryer not drying clothes are mechanical. However, there are also several electrical dryers that could have electrical malfunctions that need to be addressed.

Below are the details about the most common causes for a dryer that does not dry along with explanations about the components most likely responsible.

Lint Screen Clogged

Lint screens or lint filters are an easy thing to check for clogging if your dryer does not dry. A dryer that takes too long to dry clothes can be easily fixed if you discover lint to clean away from the lint screen regularly. This should be the first thing that is done before you do any other repairs.

Your dryer lint screen is the guard for the duct. If any lint is sucked out the exhaust, the screen collects it before the majority gets into the duct piping. If the lint accumulates to the point where exhaust doesn’t have air flow, your dryer will not dry clothes.

Failing to clean a lint screen can be dangerous. The clogged lint screen and heat from the dryer could cause a serious situation with fire.

Heating Element is Obstructive or Defective

If the mechanical function of the dryer drum is spinning, there is obviously electricity reaching the control panel of the dryer. However, a dryer not drying clothes is most likely due to a malfunction in the heating element.

The heating element is a metal casing with fuses connected to the panel and heating coil. This coil heats up and is the component that provides the heat for the whole dryer. If the heating coil or element is not functioning properly, the dryer will not dry clothes.

Blower Wheel is Loose or Dirty

If a dryer is not drying clothes but is heating up, there may be a mechanical malfunction with the blower wheel.

The blower wheel works from the inside of the dryer by circulating the heated air into the dryer drum so that the clothes can get dried.

The blower wheel might be damaged or too dirty and not spinning. The dryer will not receive much heated air without the spinning blower wheel. It could also be a fire danger as all of the heat will remain in one place of the dryer.

Clogged Ducts

The ducts are pipes in the back of the dryer that lead the hot exhaust and some lint out of the dryer and out of your home. If there is a leak between the lint screen and the duct, lint can build-up in the duct pipe.

Clogged ducts reduce the airflow in the dryer and can limit the drying capabilities. You will know if the ducts are clogged if the dryer heats up but does not dry. Without exhaust, the heat of the dryer will not be efficiently spread over the clothes in the dryer.

Not Enough Power to Dryer

All gas and electric clothes dryers require 240 volts to work properly. If your power cord, outlet, or power fuses are loose, or damaged, they may need to be replaced.

A Dryer Not Drying Clothes: 5 Causes and Solutions

A Dryer Not Drying Clothes: Solutions

If you are tired of the hassle of continuously having to dry the same load of clothes over and over again, it may be time to come up with some solutions.

If your dryer is hot but not drying clothes, the odds are it is a clog somewhere. If the dryer is not drying clothes in one cycle, it may be a mechanical problem that needs to be repaired or replaced.

Clean the Lint Screen

The best way to keep your dryer functioning properly is to keep the lint screen clean. This easy method of care can ensure that air flow is maintained and can fix a dryer heating up but not drying clothes.

The lint screen should be ideally cleaned after every use. To clean the screen, simply use a rag or wet cloth to remove any lint debris from the face of the screen. Then you can wad up the remaining lint and throw it in the garbage. It might also be helpful to use a wet cloth to wipe down the screen after use and then let it dry before putting it back into your dryer.

Remove Lint or Replace Dryer Heating Element

If you plan on working on the internal components of a dryer, be cautious with the electronics. Unplug the dryer and have a pair of gloves made of rubber, This is recommended to avoid getting electroshocked.

You can find the heating element inside a metal box within the dryer. Remove the back panel to get access to this heating element and, once inside the dryer, the metal casing should be obvious.

Use a multimeter to test the wires and fuses connected to the heating element. You may also want to clean and check the heating coil inside for any damage.

Remove Dust or Repair the Dryer Blower Wheel

The blower wheel is the motor and fan that pushes the heated air into the dryer drum. Open the back panel by unscrewing it and taking it off. Find the fan looking motor called the blower wheel which will be located near the heating element metal casing.

You have to check the continuity of the blower wheel fuse, motor, and wiring with a multimeter. If you find that the connections to any of these components are giving an infinite reading on the multimeter, you may need to replace the entire blower wheel.

You can also try to clean around and in the fan and around the fuse and wire connections. You may need to move the fan back and forth to break up clogged dust particles to get the component working again.

Clean Out Clogged Ducts

The best and only way to clean out ducts that are clogged is by hand or with a vacuum. If the clog is visible and reachable in the duct piping once you remove it from the back of the dryer, use your hand to remove it. If the clog is a far way away, you may want to invest in an extension on a vacuum and suck the clog out.

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Now that you know the most common causes of a dryer not drying clothes, you can probably complete the fixes and replacements on your own. However, if you feel like you are not that much into DIYs, or even feel like the installation and cleaning could be dangerous, it may be time to get in touch with Fixappliances CA.

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