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Is Your Dryer Not Drying Your Clothes?

To get to the bottom of the problem, start by cleaning the dryer vent. Outlined below are step by step guides for how to clean your dryer vent, brought to you by American Home Shield.

If these tips do not work, you could need to schedule a service request in the AHS Member portal, My Account, to have a Pro offer support. If you are not an AHS Member, consider getting a home warranty with us for peace of mind and budget protection. 

1 Unplug The Dryer

Turn off and unplug dryer.

unplugging dryer from wall outlet


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.

removing dryer vent pipe

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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.

inspecting dryer vent pipe


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.

removing clog from dryer vent pipe


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.


Do you need help with your Dryer? AHS ProConnect offers Dryer repair near you.

turning the dryer on

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.

AHS assumes no responsibility, and specifically disclaims all liability, for your use of any and all information contained herein.

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