Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Home & GardenCleaning & Laundry · 1 decade ago

dryer not drying?

ok so my dryer will run full cycle and the clothes will still be wet and condesation is forming in the dryer AND causing a puddle on the floor maintenece came to look at it yesterday and he cleaned the vents out and its still not drying right...anyone know if there is anything i can do myself since calling maintence OBVIOUSLY didnt work seeing that i took him a month to finally come check it out after my first 5 calls

Update:

vent was all cleaned out......and the clothes get hot...it heats up fine it just wont dry

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    it is either the heating element or the thermostat. I don't know how handy you are but both are relatively cheap to replace- but it will take some mechanical skill.

    If it is the responsibility of the landlord- you need to let them know that it needs repair- I dont know what action you can take from there besides getting someone else to come in and fix it and submitting the bill to the landlord

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  • Snoopy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Double check the maintenance man's work... Check the vent out of the dryer. First, pull off the actual vent tubing. Check inside the dryer for an obvious lint on the inside. Remove anything that is there. Then, check wherever the vent goes to. If you can't see if it's clear, then try venting it somewhere else - like out a window. Also, go to the store and buy a can of compressed air. Pull the lint trap out of the dryer, clean it off, and then spray it with the compressed air. These lint traps can get clogged after a while and prevent proper air flow.

    I doubt that it is your heating element, as some others are saying, simply because the fact that you are seeing condensation indicates the presence of heat.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If this is a new house I would go around the outside of the house and look for a white louvered vent end. If you dont see one then that could be the problem. When we bought our new house the siders put the siding right over the dryer vent. Our clothes didnt get dry either. Once I reinstalled the vent through the siding of the house and the air was able to escape our clothes were dry.

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  • Nani
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I would think if cleaning did not work that it need a new heating element I had a dryer that did that and my Dad changed it for me and it was real cheep, well cheaper than the new dryer I thought I would have to buy. The dryer may put out some heat but not enough to dry. Also try pulling it out away from the wall a few inches, it could be pushed to close to the wall, blocking the vent

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Remove the vent from the rear of the dryer and dry a normal sized load. It should be dry within 45 minutes. If this does not work then you need someone to disassemble the dryer and clean it out. If the clothes do get dry in this time your maintenance guys need to do a much better job.

    Source(s): 40 years major appliance repair.
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  • 1 decade ago

    The vent is still plugged somewhere. Sorry but that's just the facts. Get them to clean the vent all the way to the outside...

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  • 1 decade ago

    You didn't say if it gets warm, if the clothes are warm, then the vent is plugged, if the clothes are cool, heating element or themosensor are bad.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your heating element is kaput. Unless you have the manual (or can locate the model's manual online) and can figure out how to change it yourself, you will probably need to call a serviceman.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There might be an obstruction in the exhaust tubing, or it could be bent in such a way as to not allow it to exhaust properly.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try drying smaller loads of clothes.

    When dryers are older they have a harder time drying clothes.

    Hope this helps.

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