Is your clothes dryer leaving clothes cold and damp at the end of the drying cycle? Running freshly washed clothes through two drying cycles to get them dry and ready to put away is not only time consuming, but will increase your utility bill significantly. Use this easy DIY fix for a cold clothes dryer and get the heat turned back up and dry clothes in a jiffy.
The usual heat-robbing culprit is a clogged exhaust vent on the dryer. Missing socks, baby clothes and other small fabric items can find their way into the exhaust vent and partially block it. As the dryer is used, lint can become trapped by the fabric item(s) in the vent and create blockage. The dryer won’t heat up without proper air flow, leaving clothes cold and damp after a normal drying cycle.
Remove Debris Indoors
Clean out the exhaust vent by first unplugging the machine and pulling it out a foot or so from the wall. Use a screw driver to unscrew the flexible hose that is connected to the back of the dryer and shine a flashlight down into the hose to look for any debris which might be blocking the air flow. If you can reach the debris with your hand, go ahead and remove it, then use the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to suck up and out any other items which may be in the vent hose. Reattach vent hose of back of dryer, but don’t push the machine back into place just yet.
Locate the dryer exhaust vent outside and remove the vent cover. Remove any visible lint and debris, untwist a wire coat hanger and straighten it out and use to dislodge and remove lint and debris in a long vent hose. Reattach exhaust vent cover.
Clean dryer lint trap, then toss a towel in the machine and run it on a high heat setting for two minutes to test if the dryer is now getting hot. If towel is hot, your dryer is fixed and ready to be pushed back into place and used as normal. If trial run produces a cold towel the heating element or timer has gone bad in the dryer and will need replaced.