Why doesn’t my dryer dry my clothes very well?

This is usually caused by poor airflow. Turn your dryer on and go outside to the vent. If there is not a strong airflow, check your dryer duct vent, lint trap, blower, and also look for clogs and kinks in the vent hose or ducting.

Ductwork inside the dryer may become clogged. Use a long flexible lint brush or vacuum attachment to clean these ducts. This Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning System is available from our website. We also carry this Lint Trap Brush to help clean the hard to get at places inside the lint trap area. Make sure the air path is clear from the burner assembly or heating element all the way to the exhaust vent.

Electric Dryer Heating Element Whirlpool 279843 - Sale price: $68.17

Electric Dryer Heating Element Whirlpool 279843 - Sale price: $68.17

Some electric dryer heating elements have two circuits in them. Sometimes one can burn out. If one part is not working properly, this can lead to a dramatically longer drying time. If this happens, you’ll want to just replace the whole heating element since the individual circuits are not available separately.

Another reason for damp clothes would be one of the cycling thermostats. These control the temperature in your dryer and when they fail, they prevent the dryer from heating well or stop it from operating

Cycling Thermostat Maytag 303392 - Sale price: $26.68

Cycling Thermostat Maytag 303392 - Sale price: $26.68

altogether. To locate and replace a thermostat, follow the duct work that moves the air through the dryer. A thermostat has 2 to 5 wires attached to it, and the body is black or brown. On the end opposite the wires is a metal plate that is used to attach the thermostat to the duct work.

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2 responses to “Why doesn’t my dryer dry my clothes very well?

  1. my Maytag gas dryer is not drying my clothes Model MDG 9316 AWW. I opened and realized that the ignater works, glows and starts the flame, but only stays on for a few seconds and turns itself off, after a minute or two lits up again for a few swconds and turns off again and does the same thing as long as I keep the button pressed like if the door was closed. Can you tell me what part I need to replace on my heater assamby? thanks I apreciate any advice.

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