There's nothing worse than doing a load of laundry, hearing the signal for the dryer, leaving your clothes in the dryer (because who really takes them out right away), only to find that your clothes are still wet. When this happens, your clothes may stink like mold and mildew, which can be hard to get rid of. Before you run to the bank for quarters for your local laundromat or run to the phone to call an appliance repairman, there are a couple of things you can do to troubleshoot the problem yourself. Read on for a few helpful troubleshooting steps.
1. Check The Lint Trap
If the lint trap is loaded with lint, the dryer isn't going to heat up properly. The heat isn't going to get to your clothing as it should, although the dryer itself is probably really hot. In fact, the dryer is probably so hot that it could start a fire from all of that lint. Remember to clean out the lint trap with every single load of laundry you put into the dryer. If the lint trap isn't full, the hose at the back of the dryer could be full, or the area below the lint trap could be full as well. Clean out all of these areas to be sure there isn't a lint clog somewhere. Doing an extensive cleaning in these areas can prevent a fire in your home, and helps ensure your clothing is getting dry.
2. Try A Smaller Load
An overloaded dryer isn't going to be able to tumble properly. To help with tumbling, try to take some of the clothing out of the dryer and turn it on again. Over-loading the dryer (and your washer) is going to cause your clothing to not get as clean as it should be. If drying the smaller load helped get your clothes dry, then the problem may have been that your loads are just too big for your dryer. Keep the loads on the smaller side. If you barely have any clothes in the dryer, there may be more of an issue than load size.
3. Check For Gas
If your dryer isn't heating up at all to dry your clothes, it may be an issue with your gas. If your dryer doesn't have gas going to it, it isn't going to be able to heat properly. Be sure the gas is turned on and didn't get turned off somehow. If the has is turned on, the problem may be something else interior going on.
If you still have a problem with your dryer, contact a professional appliance repair technician for help making the repair.