When doing laundry, you don't want to have to reset the timer on the dryer over and over again to get a full load dry. If you're clothing is still wet, it's going to put a damper in your day and add time to your already busy schedule. Don't keep wasting time resetting the timer on the dryer; get to the bottom of the problem and make the repair so you can move on with your day. Read on for a few tips that can help you troubleshoot the problem.
Don't Overload the Dryer
Overloading the dryer with too much clothing is going to make it difficult for the clothing to tumble properly in the dryer. If the clothes aren't tumbling, you'll notice some wet spots and then some dry areas in your clothing. Take some of the clothing out, and lighten the load a bit. Then try to turn the dryer on again to see if your clothing dries. If your clothing is still wet or isn't getting warm at all, you have a bigger problem on your hands.
Empty the Lint Trap
The lint trap in the dryer should be emptied after every load. If there is too much lint in the trap, there isn't going to be enough air getting into your dryer, or you may notice hot spots in the dryer but some of your clothing may still be wet. Empty the lint trap and vacuum out the inside with your vacuum extension hose to remove any buildup in this area. If you still notice your clothing is wet, be sure to also check the dryer vent and outside your home where the dryer is vented outside. Inspect these areas for a lint buildup or for anything trapped in the vents that may be blocking proper air flow. If you still have a problem, read on.
Feel for Warmth
If your clothing is wet and cold, you may have a problem with your heating element. Your clothing should be at least warm, not hot, when your dryer is working properly. If your clothing is cold, there could be a heating element issue. For this type of repair, you should contact a professional dryer repair service technician to have the heating element replaced if needed.
If your dryer is not drying your clothing, it's going to put a dent in your day. Mixing your clothing then resetting the timer a few times just to get the clothes dry is going to get old. Have your dryer repaired by a professional, and get back to your day.