When Your Dryer Does Not Dry Laundry

Wet laundry always needs to be dried before it’s worn again. In times past, laundry was typically hung on clothes lines and allowed to dry with exposure to the warm air and hot sun, and in some cases, this is still done today. For the most part, though, automatic dryers are used in American homes and apartments alike, and a dryer is often found right alongside the washing machine itself. Both are metallic gray or white metal boxes where laundry is put in and taken back out, and are often considered together. A room will typically have the washer and dryer right next to each other, and this may be taken for granted. But problems might come up. A dryer not drying is an issue, and no one wants to find their laundry still damp when they open up the dryer. The dryer vent duct might be clogged or damaged, and dryer duct cleaning may be necessary. Some homeowners may wonder “why is my dryer not drying?” and may in fact look up that phrase or “dryer not drying” online to find some solutions. The good news is that while a dryer not drying is bothersome, it can be fixed without too much trouble.

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Most homeowner, when they notice a “dryer not drying” sort of problem, may turn to local repair experts who can find, diagnose, and fix whatever problem there may be. In the case of rental properties, the tenant may contact their landlord and point out this problem, and the landlord, in turn, will look up “dryer not drying” repair and inspection services on the tenant’s behalf. Responsible landlords will be receptive to any hardware problems in the property, and that includes the washing and dryer machines having issues. A dryer duct cleaning company may be found online with an Internet search, and a dryer duct cleaning service might also be found when a homeowner consults the staff at a local hardware store if need be. An online search such as “dryer repair and inspections south Miami FL” or “dryer not drying issues Boston MA” may show some local results. Mechanical issues may be complex in some cases, and it may help to specify the dryer’s brand when looking for help.

What might be done for a dryer that’s refusing to dry laundry properly? A common scenario is finding a clogged and dirty dryer air duct, and this duct only works best when it’s totally clear. Over time, lint, dust, and other debris may clog it up, and this presents more than one issue. That clogging material will restrict and weaken air flow, which in turn weakens the dryer’s capacity to air-dry clothing and other fabrics inside. This may be why the user opens it to find mildly damp rather than totally dry clothing inside. Meanwhile, such a clogged air duct is also a fire hazard, since dry lint is flammable. More than one house fire has been set because of an excess of lint built up somewhere, and that includes the dryer air duct.

A repair professional will know how to to access the air duct and determine if there’s too much material clogging it. If such clogs are found, the repair expert may clean out all of these materials to restore air flow to full strength and also remove a dangerous fire hazard. Doing this may first involve unplugging an electric powered dryer machine, and removing any clamps and fasteners between the dryer and its air vent in the wall. A natural gas-powered dryer should be moved away from the wall’s air duct more carefully to avoid accidentally breaching the gas’s fuel hose, and leaking natural gas is a big problem. Some homeowners may opt to call a professional if natural gas power is being used. And when cleaning is done, extendible brushes and rods may be used to reach deep into the vent and clear out a vast quantity of built-up lint and other debris. The owner may then use a simple broom and dust pan to collect it, since large loads of lint and debris might strain an electric vacuum cleaner. Afterwards, the dryer can be re positioned and everything reconnected.

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