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My Dryer is Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes

Clothes dryer taking too long to dry clothes

If your dryer won’t heat up, it’s possible that it is not being supplied with the proper voltage.

Here are three ways to make sure power is getting to your dryer:

  1. First, make sure your dryer is plugged in.
  2. Next, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the circuit breakers are in the correct positions.
  3. Finally, check to make sure no fuses in your fuse panel are blown.

Any of these could explain why power is not getting to your dryer.

Common Problem Maytag Dryers:

It is possible that your dryer isn’t heating because its heating element or igniter is defective. Heating elements and igniters need to be replaced as they are not repairable.  This repair is most common with Maytag Dryers.

Common Problem with Kenmore, Whirlpool, Inglis and Maytag Dryers:

Another possible cause for a dryer not heating or not working at all could be attributed to a faulty thermal fuse or thermostat. This repair is most common with Kenmore, Whirlpool, Inglis and Maytag.  The thermal fuse on many dryers, (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It’s usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing in our experience when the thermal fuse fails the cycling thermostat most be replaced. If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity.

Common Problem with Speed Queen, Maytag, Inglis, Whirlpool, Kenmore or Frigidaire Dryers:

A broken door switch, very common on older dryers, be it Speed Queen, Maytag, Inglis, Whirlpool, Kenmore or Frigidaire. If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won’t work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch.

Common Dryer Repair performed by West LA Washer and Dryer Repair Service:

The most common dryer repair performed by West LA Washer and Dryer Repair Service is replacing the coils, solenoids.  If the gas dryer will light once but will not relight until it cools down, it is likely the gas valve coils are faulty.  These coils lose some strength when subjected to heat.  When they become old, the addition of heat may be enough to prevent them from opening the gas valve when hot. However the coils still work when cool.

An easy way to diagnose the coils when the burner is not lighting, watch the igniter.  If the igniter glows for 10 to 15 seconds but no flame is created, then the coils are faulty.  If the igniter is not glowing the problem is elsewhere.


For other related questions about Washer and Dryer Repair and Maintenance in Los Angeles

Please visit our Washer & Dryer Repair Frequently Asked Questions Page →.


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Need more specific location information?

Here are is a list of just some of the Zip Codes West LA Washer and Dryer Repair Service provides service to in Los Angeles:

90039    90028   90029    90038    90068    90003    90045    90012    90056    90027
90049    90019   90046    90404    90405    90025    90272    90034    90293    90026
90077    90291   90016    90048    90025    90024    90010    90265    90266    90292
90210    91402   90293    90094    90211    90211    90212    90049    90067    90064
90019    90275   90717    90732    90230    90232    90013    90014    90015    90007
90021    90041   90245    90027    90254    90401    90402    90403

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