Yale Service Tip: Why Your Dryer Takes Too Long To Dry

Steve Sheinkopf  |  August 02, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

Dryers  |  Appliance Service  |  Appliance Repair

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We will perform well over 30,000 service calls this year. One of the more common yet avoidable complaints is dryers taking too long to dry.

Let's look at an example of a service call.

On inspection of the dryer our service technician George found the unit was running properly, cycling the gas valve regularly and heating up as it should.

He turned his attention to the venting of the dryer. Unobstructed air flow through the dryer is essential to drying clothes properly. The customer said that nobody had touched the venting so it shouldn’t be a problem.

dryer-vent-cloggedGeorge asked the customer to show him the external wall cap so he could test the airflow exiting the home.

Once outside he noticed that the house had been freshly painted and the painters had inadvertently painted the wall cap closed causing a restriction in the air flow. 

After carefully scraping away the dried paint and freeing the air flow the dryer worked properly and the drying time returned to normal.

Warning signs that your dryer is poorly vented include:

  • Excessive dry time – If your clothes take more than a single cycle or are taking longer and longer to dry.
  • Clothing is hot – Clothing is hot or damp at the end of the cycle or after a significant amount of time.
  • Dryer is hot – The top of your dryer feels hot to the touch. If it does stop the dryer and call Yale.
  • Lint outside the dryer – You notice substantial lint build up around the back and sides of the dryer.
  • Mold or mildew smell – You smell mold or mildew near the dryer.

Lint buildup in clothes dryers can cause fires

Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust. Excessive lint buildup can block the flow of air, cause overheating and result in a fire in some dryers. To help prevent dryer fires:

  1. Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of laundry.
  2. Regularly inspect and clean the outdoor exhaust opening outside your home.
  3. Replace flexible plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or semi-rigid metal duct.
  4. Don’t dry items that have been previously cleaned or soaked with gasoline, cleaning solvents or other flammable substances.

If you unsure about drying time or efficiency, first check the venting. It can save you money and possibly much more.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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