Damp Clothes? 3 Common Reasons Your Dryer Isn't Drying
Posted on: 10 April 2019
Your washer and dryer are important parts of your family's life. Unfortunately, most people do not realize how important these appliances are until they are no longer working properly. When pulling your clothes out of the dryer, you will want them to feel warm, soft, and ready to wear. However, if they are damp right after a drying cycle, there is most likely an underlying issue with the appliance. Here are a few common causes of damp clothes.
Even though you may have purchased the best at the time, your washer and dryer are not going to last forever. Over time, various components will wear down, affecting the function and efficiency of your appliance.
If you are noticing your clothes are taking longer to dry or your clothes are always damp after a normal drying cycle, your dryer may just be old and starting to wear down. On average, dryers have a lifespan of 10 years. Therefore, dryers that are at, approaching, or past this age should be replaced.
There are instances when you can repair the cause of your damp clothes. For example, another common cause of damp clothes after a drying cycle is a blocked exhaust duct.
Lint, dirt, and other debris will build up in the duct that connects the dryer to the outdoor exhaust opening. This debris not only decreases the efficiency of your dryer, reducing its ability to dry clothes, but it can also be dangerous if not cleaned out.
Clean the lint trap out with each cycle. In addition, check the dryer exhaust duct periodically, behind the dryer and outside the home, to remove any buildup of lint and other debris. This will improve the dryer's ability to dry while reducing the risk of fires.
Failing Heating Element
Another common reason why your dryer is leaving your clothes damp is a failing or broken heating element. This is an imperative component of the dryer, since it converts electrical energy into thermal energy, or heat.
If the heating element has worn down or has failed completely, the dryer will not heat up enough to dry your clothes/linens. An appliance repair tech can check the heating element for distress and replace it, if necessary.
Help is available if your dryer is not drying your clothes. If you are noticing constantly damp clothes after running a dryer cycle, contact a service, like D-3/A-OK Appliance Service Inc., to determine the cause.Share