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I solved my long drying time problem
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Post# 50354   12/2/2004 at 16:56 (6,694 days old) by Puffnstuff ()        

Last night I broke down my atlantis electric dryer and cleaned everything inside it. It wasn't that bad and the blower and ductwork was relatively clean so today I decided to check my ducting from the dryer to the exterior of my house to see if it was causing my drying problems. It's around a 13'straight run of 4" pvc with a double elbow right behind the dryer and exits just above the ground outside. At first glance I didn't see too much looking in from the outside. I attached a wire brush to the end of a broom handle and felt around a bit pulling out some lint. I duct taped another handle to that one and extended my reach and pulled a little more so I added another handle and that's when I found my problem. I was able to extract a good portion by pulling it out to me but I ended up pushing the majority of it up to the elbow behind the dryer and pulling it out from inside the house. Once it was totally cleared I reattached the dryer and dried a load of clothes. I went back out once the dryer started and it's been a long time since I heard the wind howling coming out of that vent and could see the grass blowing around in it. The load dried in no time just like it used to so I can't blame my atlantis for the slow drying times I was experiencing. I suppose that when it dies I'll get one of those high end dryers to go along with my f&p gwl11 but for now I'll just research the models available for when that time comes. Maybe my experience will help someone else who's experiencing long drying times but can't find anything wrong at the dryer.

Post# 50362 , Reply# 1   12/2/2004 at 17:26 (6,694 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I did that on our Maytag once. Along with a bunch of lint,I pulled out a dollar! Who says it doesn't pay to keep vent's clean?


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