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Clothes Not Drying In the Dryer? Here’s Why

Having some laundry day troubles? If you notice your clothes not drying during your spin cycle, you’ll want to find out exactly why your dryer is acting up.

Why Are My Clothes Not Drying?

If your clothes are damp even after all that extra time in the dryer, you’ll first want to check that your unit is plugged in properly and getting power. If it is, your clothes may be coming out wet if there's lint buildup in the lint trap, you're overloading the dryer, or if your clothes are too wet coming out of the washer.

If you've resolved any of these issues, but your clothes are still damp, you may be dealing with a larger dryer issue; one you’ll want to investigate and fix quickly so your clothes come out dry and fresh.

Potential Issues

  • clothes not drying

When you dry clothes or other soft materials, small fibers are pulled free. These fibers collect and form lint. The lint screen is basically a filter for your dryer. It catches and traps the lint to prevent clogs further up inside the dryer or throughout the exhaust vents. Cleaning the lint screen after each time you use the dryer will help to ensure that your dryer is working efficiently and lasts longer.

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  • clothes not drying

The dryer exhaust is the vent your dryer uses to push all the hot, moist air created inside the dryer drum out of your home. Along with the hot air, lint and other small objects can get sucked into the exhaust vent. Over time, these bits of cloth or lint can build up and block the vent entirely, which will prevent your dryer being able to do its job. Regular cleanings and using the lint screen can prevent buildup and keep your dryer running smoothly.

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  • error codes on the dryer display
  • no lights on the dryer display

The dryer has several electrical components that need to be wired in properly. The wiring may wear down over time or shake loose with the movement of the dryer. If the dryer is getting some power, there may be an error code that pops up on the display that will tell you where the short may be coming from. In more extreme cases, the dryer may not have power at all. The wiring will need to be replaced or reconnected in order for the dryer to function.

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  • clothes not drying

Dryers are not meant to fill up where you can not fit any more clothes inside. Ideally you would want to fill it and still be able to insert your arm over the clothes and move it freely inside.

  • clothes not drying

The dryer needs proper electrical power coming in to power it on and be able to run the cycles.

  • clothes not drying

The door switch will need to be pressed in, in order for the dryer to start. The lid pushes it in and lets the dryer know it is ok to start a cycle. If there is a faulty switch, the dryer will not start and the switch will be needing a replacement.

  • clothes not drying

The dryer needs gas in order to produce the flame to be able to dry your clothes. The shutoff to the gas will be on a pipe with a handle on it. Ensure the valve is open and gas is able to pass through.

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