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Is your dryer not drying or experiencing long dry times

Possible Solutions

Is the Lint Screen Clean?

The lint screen will be located either on the top of the dryer or in the door opening of the dryer. A screen blocked by lint can increase drying time. It is important to clean your lint screen after every use. 

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CLICK HERE to watch a video about cleaning the lint screen.

Is the exhaust vent or outside exhaust hood clogged with lint and restricting air movement?

Ample air flow must be permitted for proper dry time. Use the images below to troubleshoot and guide your vent cleaning. 

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CLICK HERE to watch a video about how to clean the exhaust hood

A dryer vent test, part #8522199, is available for dryers with top mounted lint screens. This vent test kit will help you to determine if the venting is restricted and needs to be cleaned. To order, contact Customer Service. 

CLICK HERE to watch a video on how the vent test kit works.

Is the vent crushed?

Rigid or Flexible metal venting is recommended for use on all dryers. Other material (aluminum foil, plastic) are NOT recommended because they can easily collapse or be crushed. See image below for examples of proper venting materials:

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CLICK HERE to watch a video on venting information

CLICK HERE  to see a Quick Reference Guide about vent information

Difference between Auto Dry and Timed Dry

During Automatic Cycles, drying air temperature and moisture level are sensed in the load. This sensing occurs throughout the drying cycle and the dryer shuts off when the load reaches the selected dryness. Use the NORMAL dryness level to provide optimal energy savings.

With Timed Dry, the dryer runs the amount of time set and sometimes results in shrinkage, wrinkling, and static due to over-drying. Use Timed Dry for the occasional damp load that needs a little more drying time or when using the drying rack.

Were you drying a large load?

Large loads take longer to dry. A load that is too large for the dryer will not tumble and limits air movement in the dryer. This slows the process of removing moist air out of the dryer, which will result in longer drying cycles. 


Still need help? Call or schedule service.

You may need assistance from a qualified technician. Call 1-866-698-2538 or click below to schedule an appointment.



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