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Dryer problem - can anyone advise?

Old 08-13-05, 07:07 PM
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Dryer problem - can anyone advise?

My dryer seems to be not drying the clothes like it should. It now takes twice as long to dry the clothes.

Anyone come accross this problem before? I checked the tube out of the back and it seems fine. Emptied the lint from the tray.

Any ideas?
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Old 08-13-05, 07:12 PM
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How old is it? Mine did that when it was about 7 years old and then it died all together.
Also have you changed the types of cloths you are drying (ie drying alot of denim at once)
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Just asked the wife as she owned it b4 we were together....she says its over 7 years. We use it the same way we always do. Doesn't matter if its denim, towels or t-shirts, the results are the same.
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Old 08-13-05, 07:23 PM
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You might need a new heater element.
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Old 08-13-05, 07:32 PM
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You might need a new heater element.
is that something anyone can do or does a pro need to be called in?
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Old 08-13-05, 08:14 PM
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Sometimes, you get all kinds of lint crapulence built up inside the thing the lint trap goes down in - especially on ones that have a lint trap that loads from the top of the dryer. May want to try to stick a vac down there and clean it out a bit...
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Old 08-13-05, 08:21 PM
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The only things I could think of you've already mentioned - checking the lint tray, and cleaning the big white tube thingie in the back.
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Old 08-13-05, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by PresidentGringo
is that something anyone can do or does a pro need to be called in?
I replaced a burned out element in my dryer. It wasn't difficult, diagnosing it was the hardest part. I should have started at the element and worked backward.

If you don't know what you're doing with electricity you can get into trouble though. It's 220 volts. Unless you have a gas dryer, in which case none of this applies.
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Make sure the vent is clear. Our dryer vents to the roof, and the chimney fills up with lint.
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