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Kenmore Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry Clothes

Kenmore Dryer Takes Too Logs To Dry

Does your Kenmore dryer take too long to dry clothes?

One of the biggest advantages of using the clothes dryer is that it gets things dry much faster than other drying methods. A properly working Kenmore dryer should take from 45 to 75 minutes to dry your clothes. Drying time depends on many factors such as the quantity of clothes, type of fabric and selected heat cycle. If it takes much longer to get the job done, it might be a small problem needs to be fixed. Denver Appliance Pros can help you! Call us to schedule a dryer repair service appointment!

Check the lint filter

Clean the lint filter in your dryer before each load to keep the air flowing freely. Also, wash the filter with warm soapy water to remove fabric softener residue from the screen.

Check the exhaust vent

If the exhaust vent is clogged, it will restrict the airflow through the dryer, increasing the drying time. To prevent this issue, clean the dryer’s venting system at least once a year.

Make sure room temperature is warm enough

If the dryer is located in a room with a temperature below 45°F, slow drying will occur. Temperatures should be above 45°F for dryer to operate properly.

Check the dryer spin speed

Make sure the spin speed is set correctly. If the speed is too low, the load will not be as dry as it should.

Separate the large loads

If the load is too large or heavy, it will take longer to dry. Do not mix heavy, hard-to-dry items with lightweight ones.
If the above tips do not resolve the issue with your dryer, service may be required.

Things that might be causing the issue:


Loose blower wheel

The blower wheel is used to push air into the dryer drum. If the wheel becomes obstructed or defective, it will take longer to dry clothes.

Malfunctioning moisture sensor

The moisture sensor is used to monitor when the clothes are dry. Over time, it may become covered with lint and dirt, which will prevent the dryer from being able to accurately sense when the clothes are dry.

Failed high limit thermostat

The high limit thermostat monitors the dryer temperature and shuts the heating element off when the dryer overheats. If the high limit thermostat is not working properly, it may shut off the burner even if the dryer is not overheating.

Defective gas valve coils

If the gas coils are intermittent, it will take too long to dry your clothes. You can check for proper flame ignition for the complete dry cycle to determine if this may be the cause.

Burned heating element

The heating element is a dryer's part which is used to warm the air before entering to the dryer drum. If the heating element is partially or completely burned out, it will significantly increase drying time.

We have done a quick overview of the most common things that might be causing your dryer to take forever to dry clothes, but there are other parts that could be at fault as well. Do not hesitate to call us and schedule a service appointment!

To let your Kenmore dryer work in the most efficient way:

  • Follow the manual instructions to see how you can improve dryer’s performance.
  • Choose the lower heat setting and shorter drying time when possible to save energy and protect your clothes.
  • Divide the lightweight fabrics from heavyweight ones before drying.

According to energy star website, washer/dryer pairs is normally designed to work together with the same sized load and will save more energy while doing your laundry.


If you need our help, call us today!