Clothes Taking Longer To Dry? Here Are Some Reasons Why

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Many people love the feeling of reaching into a piping-hot dryer at the end of the drying cycle and retrieving their cozy, warm clothes – especially during the winter when the house is cold. It's quite a shock, however, to hear your dryer finish running, open the door and be met with clothes that are cool and partially dry – or perhaps those that are nearly as wet as when you took them out of the washing machine earlier. There are a number of different reasons that your clothes aren't drying in the expected amount of time. Here are three potential causes.

You've Inadvertently Changed A Setting On Your Dryer

The first thing to consider when you realize that your clothing isn't drying quickly is that you might have changed a setting on the appliance without knowing it. This can easily happen if you have a newer machine and you aren't properly versed with the settings, or if you were rushing to get the load done and tapped a button by accident. Double-check that your dryer is set to the "hot dry" setting; if you'd inadvertently set the appliance to the cool setting, your clothes will still dry, but just not in the same amount of time as a hot cycle. In this case, you simply need to change the setting and you'll be back in business.

The Heating Element Is Dying

The heating element of your dryer has a finite life. Over time, one or more of its coils can burn out, which will mean that the element isn't producing as much heat as you're accustomed to. Think of the heating element in your oven – if one side of it burns out, that side of the oven won't be nearly as hot. Continuing to use a dryer with a partially burnt-out heating element is inefficient because the appliance will need to run longer than necessary to get the clothing dry. Give your local appliance repair service a call to have this part replaced.

The Thermostat Is Dead

A dead dryer thermostat won't stop your dryer from running, but it won't "tell" the heating element to produce heat. You'll need to call your appliance services to look into this issue. The good news is that the thermostat is an easy part to replace, and provided the heating element is in good shape, your contractor will solely have to replace the thermostat to have your dryer working properly once again.

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