Has your dryer all of a sudden started taking way too long to dry your clothes? If you have to run your dryer twice or even three times for each load, or it takes over an hour to dry your clothes, you might be wondering if your dryer is just too old and needs to be replaced. While this is possible, the most likely cause of a dryer that takes too long to dry is a clogged dryer vent.
Dryer Takes Two Cycles to Dry
So, how do you know if your dryer vent is clogged? An easy way to find out if you have a clogged dryer vent on your hands is to have your dryer inspected by an appliance repair company that offers dryer cleaning and repair as one of their services.
These services are usually quick and easy and can save you tons of money in the long run. Regular dryer service will increase your dryer’s life by ensuring it’s running efficiently. If you want to be sure that a clogged vent is a problem before you call the repair company, do a DIY check.
Signs of a Clogged Dryer Vent
- Your dryer takes two cycles to dry, or your dryer takes too long to dry
- You notice a burning smell when the dryer is running
- The outside of the dryer gets very hot
- Your clothes get very hot but remain damp
- The outside vent hood isn’t opening properly
- There is lint or debris around the dryer hose or outside vent opening
Effects of Clogged Dryer Vent
If your dryer is exhibiting any of these signs, you probably have a clogged vent on your hands and you should act quickly to have it cleaned. Clogged dryer vents take a few specialized tools to clean, so if you don’t want to invest in the necessary tools you may want to call a professional for service.
If left clogged, your dirty dryer vent can lead to serious consequences like permanent damage to the dryer or even a dryer fire. Excess lint, dirt, and debris buildup inside your dryer vent duct or hose reduces airflow. This is why your dryer takes too long to dry. It can’t effectively push the hot, moist air out of the dryer so it stays in your clothes, causing the dryer to take two cycles to dry.
Excess dirt, dust, or lint in the dryer is the leading cause of dryer fires, so the best way to prevent a dryer fire in your home is by having your dryer inspected and cleaned regularly.
If you’ve had your dryer vent cleaned and it still takes too long to dry, you might be encountering a problem with the dryer’s heat system. To check for this, run the dryer and then feel the air coming out of the exhaust vent. If the dryer is on high heat this air should be hot, and if it isn’t hot you are probably dealing with a thermostat problem or an electrical problem, which an appliance repair service should be able to fix.