When you hear your dryer buzz, informing you the laundry is done, you expect to find your clothes dry. It’s frustrating to discover your laundry is still wet after a complete cycle. For most people, dryers help add convenience to their lives. Typically they dry your clothes a lot faster than utilizing a clothesline. However, they also provide more opportunity for malfunction. This article will highlight four possible reasons your laundry isn’t drying.

Your Dryer Is Over-Capacity

Typically, one of the most frequent culprits of damp clothing after a drying cycle is over-filling the dryer with clothes. Additionally, if your washing machine did not fully spin the clothes to wring out excess water, the dryer has to work extra hard to dry the load. Extra-large sized loads of laundry do not have the appropriate room to tumble and air circulation diminishes.

Lint Build Up

Checking the filter for lint build up and debris after each drying cycle may seem like a minuscule nuisance. However, allowing lint to build up can prevent your dryer from doing its job. As lint accumulates in the filter, air circulation diminishes, which in turn prevents hot air from reaching the maximum amount of space to dry clothing. Cleaning the lint trap after every dryer use is the easiest and cheapest way to ensure your clothes dry as quickly as possible and prevent any fire hazards.

The Outside Air Vent Is Clogged

Dryers contain air ducts and vents that stimulate air movement from the dryer to the outside. Over time, debris can clog the vent on the outside of your home and can happen more frequently with the changing of the seasons. For example, debris such as leaves can fall and block the vent in autumn, or water can freeze into ice and clog the vent during winter. Checking this vent is an easy DIY trick to avoid an expensive maintenance appointment. You can also unclog your vent by using a clothes hanger.

The Heating Element Is Broken

Ultimately, dryers cannot function properly without a heating element to produce hot air, resulting in damp clothing. An easy way to test this is to let your dryer run for 3-5 minutes on a normal cycle. If you open the door and find that the drum is not warm, then it is probably best to call a technician to check out the heating element.

There are a variety of reasons why your clothing may not be fully dry at the end of a drying cycle. Creating a checklist of these DIY maintenance skills can help you avoid expensive repairs. However, if you have questions about the functioning of your dryer,Doc’s Appliance Service has trained technicians ready to help you. Do not hesitate to give us a call today at 800-726-7130.