Is your Dryer not Drying?
Drying clothes by hanging them on a clothesline can take a long time depending on the weather. It is for this reason that the electric clothes dryer was invented. You likely use your dryer multiple times a week, yet you take for granted that it will always work, with very little attention beyond rotating loads of laundry in and out. When you open up your dryer expecting dry clothes and find your clean load of laundry still wet and soggy, you realize that a dryer not drying is a big problem.
Damage and Danger Caused by your Dryer not Drying
To avoid this time-consuming problem, it is important to have your dryer vent regularly cleaned by a professional air duct cleaning company. Prolonged neglect of dryer vent problems could lead to early failure of the dryer’s motor, bearings or heating element. Built up lint in clothes dryer vents can even lead to fires!
In 2007, the U.S. Fire Association reported that clothes dryers cause approximately 12,700 fires in residential buildings annually, resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries, with the leading factor contributing to the cause of those fires being “failure to clean.” These tragedies can be easily avoided through proper maintenance of your home dryer.
Pay Attention to the Warning Signs
- Extended drying times
- At end of cycle, clothes are hot to the touch
- Strange or uncommonly loud noises during drying cycle
- Dryer does not shut off by itself (automatic sensors)
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, a dryer vent cleaning is past due. A dryer not drying at all has likely moved past the point of regular cleaning maintenance and may need parts replaced. It is important to stop attempting to use your dryer and to contact a professional to examine your dryer.