The part or condition listed below for the Dryer Takes Too Long to dry is sorted from the most to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.
If the vent on the dryer is even partially clogged, then that will restrict the air flow through the dryer, which will in turn increase the time required to dry. For the dryer to perform at its best, its ventilation system must be fully cleaned annually at the very least. This is the high probability for Dryer Takes Too Long
The blower wheel is propelled by the drive motor, drawing air into the drum of the dryer. Oftentimes, lint, socks and even small items can escape the lint filter and get trapped in the fan wheel. Additionally, the blower wheel sleeve can wear out sometimes, causing the fan wheel to wobble on the motor shaft. If the blower wheel becomes clogged or is otherwise defective, then it will cause the dryer to take too long. In order to determine whether the blower wheel is working well, remove the dryer vent and assess the degree of air flow. If there is not much air flow, make certain that nothing is obstructing the blower wheel. If the blower wheel is not being obstructed by an object, attempt to turn it by hand. If as it is rotating the blower wheel wobbles, then you have to replace it.
Oftentimes, gas-based dryers will have two or sometimes more gas valve solenoids. These solenoids are responsible for opening the gas valve and permitting gas flow to the burner. However, it can sometimes fail to do so while in the drying cycle, which causes the dryer to take a long time. To determine whether one or more of the gas solenoids have stopped working, check the igniter. If it turns on but does not ignite the gas, then that means that the gas valve solenoid is defective. If one or more of the gas valve coils are defective, we recommend replacing them as a set.
The heating element is responsible for heating up the air prior to entering the dryer drum. If the heating element is not working, then the dryer may not heat up. To determine if the heating element is faulty, use a multimeter to test its continuity. If the heating element does not have continuity, then you must replace it.
The assembly of the heating element heats the air as it passes through. If some other part of the assembly is defective, then the dryer may fail to heat up. If the dryer does not heat up, then it will take a long time to dry the clothes. To determine whether the heating element is faulty, test its continuity with a multimeter. If the heating element does not have continuity, then replace it.
The lint filter sometimes becomes clogged with material. Dry leaves and even fabric softener can leave clog up the lint filter, thereby reducing airflow. If the lint filter is clogged, then clean it.
The humidity sensor is responsible for monitoring the moisture of the clothes, signaling the control board when the clothes are dry. If it is not working as it should be, then it could signal that the clothes are still wet, keeping the dryer running although the clothes are dry. However, this is uncommon. Before replacing the humidity sensor, you should first check all the most commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all other components are working correctly, then you have to replace the humidity sensor.
The high limit thermostat is responsible for controlling the temperature of the dryer and shutting off the burner in case the dryer overheats. If the high limit thermostat does not work properly, you can turn off the burner even if the dryer does not overheat. However, this is also uncommon. Before replacing the high limit thermostat, check all the most commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all other components are working correctly, test the thermostat with a multimeter to verify its continuity. If the thermostat does not have continuity, then replace it.
The cycling thermostat regulates the air temperature by turning the heat on and off. If the cycle thermostat is not working, then the dryer will not heat up. This is uncommon, though. Before replacing the cycling thermostat, check all the most commonly defective parts. If you have determined that the other components are working as they should be, test the thermostat with a multimeter to verify continuity. If the thermostat does not have continuity, then replace it.
Some dryer models have a thermistor. The control board uses the thermistor to control the temperature of the dryer and turn the heating on and off. If the thermistor is not working as it should be, then it may not activate the ignition cycle, causing the clothes not to dry properly. This the lower probability for Dryer Takes Too Long.
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