Why Does My Clothes Dryer Not Dry?


Sometimes clothes dryers don't dry clothes efficiently. Don't get too worried about the cost of a new dryer. The problem can likely be easily fixed with some quick troubleshooting.


  • Your dryer should not be placed in a cold room or garage. Cold air could make drying inefficient. Do not put the dryer in a closet. Put it in an open space with plenty of air flow.

Venting System

  • If the venting system is clogged with lint or other debris, the moist air will not be able to leave the system. While the dryer is running, make sure air flow is leaving the venting hood on the outside of the wall. Also check the exhaust vent. Make sure it is not crimped or bent.


  • Check the link screen. Depending on your dryer, this could be located inside the door or on top of the dryer. Dryers need good air flow to dry clothes properly. If the lint screen is full, air flow can be hindered. Clean the screen with your finger or a fabric softener sheet after each load.

Load Size

  • Even if you have a large dryer, only dry one washer load at a time. If the dryer is filled with clothes, there will not be enough room for them to properly tumble, and air flow will be restricted.

Dryer Setting

  • Check the settings on the dryer. Some settings will leave clothes a little damp to prevent heat damage. Change the setting if you want your clothes totally dry.

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