Dryer problem solved

April 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm 4 comments

When Jeff and I moved into this home, we had to buy a washer and dryer because the previous owners did not leave theirs.  After doing some research we decided to purchase a Kenmore 600 washer and a Kenmore 800 dryer.

The washer works well but the dryer never seemed to work properly.  For some reason, the dryer would always take two hours (or sometimes a little longer) to dry a normal size load of laundry!  No matter what settings we chose or what we were drying, it would always take two hours.  From my experience, a clothes dryer shouldn’t take more than one hour.

We lived with the dryer problem for a while and tried to look up some solutions online.  I read somewhere that the dryer lint hose gets clogged with lint over time and that could cause it to take longer to dry clothes.  I knew that wasn’t the problem because they gave us a new hose when the dryer was put in.  I also read that the vent on the outside of your house that connects with the hose can also get clogged with lint.  I thought that might be it.  Jeff and I were outside doing some spring cleaning when Jeff went to check the vent.  This is what he found:
lint block
Wow!  I can’t believe that much lint was clogged in the vent!  Who knows how long that outside vent was clogged like that.  It had to be like that when the previous owners lived in our home but they didn’t do anything about it.
Besides causing our dryer to work extra hard, I think it was a fire hazard as well.  You can see that the air could barely pass through.  We got it all cleaned out and the next load of laundry we did was dry in only 45 minutes!  That is less than half the time it was taking before we cleaned out the outside vent!  I was thinking we would have to pay someone to come out and look at the dryer, but I am really glad we figured it our ourselves and saved money that we would have given to a repair man.  Below you can see our newly cleaned vent.
outside vent


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chelsea  |  April 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Glad you were able to fix the problem. I’ll keep that in mind if our dryer doesn’t dry as well as it should. I guess lucky for us, the dryer vent itself needed to be replaced when we bought the house, so a new one was installed. We should probably clean it out once in a while though…with four cats. there’s certainly a lot of lint.

  • 2. Kim  |  April 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Yeah Chelsea, I’m not sure how often the vent should be cleaned out maybe once or twice a year? Probably more depending on how much laundry you do! And yeah with 4 cats that can create a lot of lint too haha.

  • 3. JonathanPDX  |  April 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’ll never eat waffles again… 😉

    Glad you guys found that. It was an accident waiting to happen.

  • 4. lanette woll  |  April 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    So glad you figured out the problem and fixed it! 45 min is a lot better than 2 hours! Like you said, it coulda also been a fire hazzard. Good thing you guys decided to do some spring cleaning!


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