Dryer does not dry properly

Has your tumble dryer finished drying, but is the laundry still wet? That is of course very annoying! Why your dryer does not dry properly can have several causes. In this article we will discuss the most common reasons for a bad drying result.

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Dryer not drying properly; what to do

It can be very annoying when your dryer is not doing its job properly. If your dryer does not dry properly, it will cost you unnecessary time, but also money. This means that you have to turn on your dryer again, and therefore you use more energy than necessary. In addition, your laundry can start to smell when it stays wet for too long. In short, enough reasons to make sure your dryer gets your laundry dry.

To fix this problem, you first need to know why your dryer is not getting your clothes dry. Below, you can read about the possible causes of a dryer that dries poorly.

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Possible causes of a poorly functioning tumble dryer

Correct load and drying programme

Just like your washing machine, your tumble dryer has different programmes for different types of laundry. To preserve your clothes and ensure perfect drying, it is important to choose the right programme. Different materials have different drying times. Synthetic fabrics, for example, often dry faster than cotton. How much laundry you put in the drum is also very important. Dryers have a certain fill weight, which indicates how many kilos of laundry can fit in the dryer. Often you can cram more laundry in the drum than the fill weight indicates, but the dryer is not designed for this. Therefore, consider the fill weight as the maximum load of your dryer. What the maximum load is can also be determined by the type of drying program. Consult your dryer’s manual to find out how much laundry you can dry with each specific drying program.

Clean the sensor

Most dryers have a sensor that measures humidity levels. If the sensor is dirty, the dryer is less able to judge whether your laundry is already completely dry or not. The sensor often gets contaminated by leftover detergent and fabric softener that stick to it. Where the sensor is located in the dryer differs per model. In the manual of your dryer you can read exactly where the sensor is located. You can easily clean the sensor with a clean, damp cloth. We recommend to clean the sensor every month.

Cleaning the filter and condenser

A clogged lint filter can be a reason for poor drying results because the air is blocked. Therefore, clean the filter regularly for the proper drying of your laundry. In addition, it is also important to check and clean the condenser of the clothes dryer. If your condenser is dirty or clogged, the dryer cannot absorb the moisture from the heat air as well as it should.

Check the drain hose.

If your dryer has a drain hose connected to the water drain, the moisture from your clothes and bedding will automatically be removed during the drying process. A dryer will not dry properly if there is something wrong with this hose, such as if it is dirty, clogged or damaged. Over time, these kinds of problems can even cause a build-up of water and a leak. Is your drain hose leaking? Then replace it as soon as possible.

Check the heating element

If the heating element is faulty, you’re a little further from home. The chances of this happening are slim, however, so always check the sensor, filter, condenser, drain hose and make sure you’ve selected the right program first. If you notice that your dryer isn’t getting warm (enough) anymore, look at the dryer’s heating element and thermostat. These are located on the back of clothes dryers. To access them, you’ll need to disconnect the back door. Several dryers have a red reset button here – you can press it if you think it’s the reason why your laundry stays wet. After this, does your dryer still not heat up properly? Then you need to replace these parts or look at a new clothes dryer.