It’s happened to all of us at one time or another- you put a load of clothes in the dryer and go about your day, only to come back hours later and find that they’re still wet. So what gives? Why does it seem like our dryer takes forever to dry clothes? In many cases, there are specific reasons why your dryer is taking too long. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common reasons why a dryer might be taking longer than usual to dry clothes. Stay tuned for more tips on how to get your laundry done faster!
Dryer Takes Forever to Dry?
There are a few common reasons why your dryer doesn’t dry clothes. Some of the most common reasons include overloading the dryer, power sources issues, clothes being too wet, a dirty dryer lint screen, clogged dryer vents, or possible part malfunctions. Let’s get started by looking at these issues and their solutions.
Is Your Dryer Overloaded?
One of the most common reasons a dryer takes too long to dry clothes is that it’s overloaded. When you overload a dryer, it can’t circulate enough air around the clothes to dry them properly. As a result, they’ll take longer to dry and may not be completely dry when they come out.
Solution: Dryer takes forever to dry? To avoid overloading your dryer, make sure to only put a load of clothes that will fit comfortably in the dryer. You can also try spreading out the clothes evenly so that there’s more room for air to circulate.
Could There Be a Problem with the Power Source?
If your dryer is not drying clothes because of an insufficient power supply, it may be because the dryer is not plugged into a 240-volt circuit. To dry clothes properly, the dryer needs to be plugged into a 240-volt circuit. If it’s not, the dryer will not have enough power to dry the clothes properly.
Solution: Make sure your dryer is plugged into a 240-volt circuit and that the circuit has enough power to run the dryer. If it doesn’t, you may need to have an electrician come out and inspect your electrical system.
Pro Tip: Make sure your dryer is NOT plugged into an extension cord!!
Is Your Washer Leaving Clothes Too Wet?
Could your washer be to blame for the dryer leaving clothes damp? If your washing does not spin out enough water, the clothes may be excessively wet and difficult to dry. This can cause the problem of a dryer takes forever to dry. When you put clothes in the dryer, they should be only slightly damp to ensure that they dry properly. If they’re still wet after being washed, the dryer won’t be able to do its job and will take a lot longer to dry them.
Solution: One way to help your dryer dry clothes more quickly is to make sure that the washer is leaving them only slightly damp. You can do this by adjusting the water level or wash cycle settings on your washer. For further information, see our blog about washer leaving clothes too wet.
Dirty Dryer Lint Screen Filter
If your dryer is taking multiple cycles to dry clothes, it may be because the lint screen is dirty. When the lint screen gets clogged with dirt and dust, it doesn’t allow enough air to circulate around the clothes, which will cause them to take longer to dry.
Solution: Clean the lint screen filter regularly to ensure that it’s not blocking air from circulating around the clothes. You can clean the lint screen by hand or in the dishwasher.
Clogged Dryer Vents
If your dryer takes two cycles to dry your clothes (or more!), it’s possible that the vent between your home and the dryer is clogged. When the dryer vent gets clogged with lint and dust, it can’t expel hot air properly, which will cause the clothes to take longer to dry.
Solution: Clean the dryer vent regularly to ensure that it’s not blocked by lint and dust. You can clean the dryer vent by hand or with a vacuum cleaner, but for best results, use a dryer vent cleaning kit or hire an expert.
So, you’ve gone through the basic troubleshooting list, but still, your dryer takes forever to dry clothes. Bummer!! Unfortunately, it may be because of a faulty part.
Solution: If you think a part may be malfunctioning, it’s best to have it checked by a professional. Repairs should only be done by qualified dryer repair technicians.
Thank you for reading! We hope this article has helped you understand some of the reasons why your dryer is taking too long to dry clothes.