Is Your Dryer Not Drying Your Clothes?

To get to the bottom of the problem, start by cleaning the dryer vent.

1

Unplug the dryer

Turn off and unplug dryer.

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2

Pull out dryer vent

Pull out the dryer and remove the vent clamp. To remove the vent pipe from the wall you will likely have to either unscrew the clamp using a screw driver or squeeze it to release it if it is a tension clamp.

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3

Check for clogs

Look in the vent and ensure there are no clogs. If a clog is detected, reach and remove it. Consider wearing gloves and reach in slowly to prevent any injuries in the case you come in contact with anything sharp. To clean further into the vent you will need a special dryer vent cleaning tool that can be purchased at a hardware store.

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4

Remove any lint and debris

Using a cleaning tool or a vacuum, remove as much lint and debris as possible from the vent and then ensure that the exterior vent is free from any clogs as well.

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5

Turn on the dryer

Turn the dryer back on and start the dryer to see if the problem has resolved. After several minutes check to see if any other debris has been knocked loose and remove if so.

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Quick Tip: Install a vent cover on your exterior vent to prevent any birds, rodents, or insects from nesting in the exterior vent.

DIY tips are for informational purposes only. Please be sure to take the appropriate safety precautions and ensure your project complies with any applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations. 

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