Hi, I am a Mother to two beautiful children ,but we do have a lot of laundry. The machine has not been drying our clothes. We don't have too muc money for a repairman. How can I fix it on my own? The dryer just doesn't dry the clothes.
I don't consider myself a "repairman" but will try. Assuming you have already checked all the settings on the dryer, I would try to get as much lint out of the lint catcher well as posible. Sometimes its necessary to use a vacuum attachment (its a tricky spot). If you look behind the dryer (be careful because the electricity for your dryer is enough to kill you) unplug the dryer from the wall outlet, next, you should see a big hose connected to the wall and the back of the dryer. Sometimes this can get clogged with lint and prevent the airflow required to dry your clothes. You will likely need a cross tip screw driver to remove the air hose. When you take it off, shake it out and replace it, make sure there aren't any kinks in it (plug power cord back in) and push your dryer back toward the wall leaving a good 6 to 10 inches between the wall and the dryer. There are lots of different types of dryers but this type is most common. Hope that helps.
First, make sure your lint filter in your dryer is clean of lint.
Second, with the dryer on, go outside and see if it is blowing air out through the dryer vent.
If it is blowing air out through the vent but the air is cold, then, if it's an electric dryer, there are one of two problems. The temperature setting control on top of the dryer is not working or the heating element in the dryer is not working.
Either problem would require a repairman to determine and fix. You might give a local repairman a call and find out what they would charge to fix it.
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HI THERE, RAN INTO THE SAME PROBLEM; I HAVE A KENMORE DRYER. THE ELEMENT WAS WELL LIT BUT THE CLOTHES WOULD TAKE FOREVER TO DRY. CLEARED THE OUTSIDE VENT; REPLACED AND SHORTENED THE DRYER DUCT TUBING; AND WHEN WE REMOVED THE BACK OF THE DRYER, I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE SIZE OF THE LINT BALL COMPACTED DOWN INSIDE THE AIR FLOW HOLE ON THE BACK OF THE DRYER...THANK GOD WE DIDN'T HAVE A FIRE...:(...THE DRYER WORKS BETTER THEN IT EVER DID...THANX FOR ALL THE HELPFUL HINTS...FROM CANADA