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How to Fix a Kenmore Dryer That Dries Slowly

    • 1). Take out the lint screen to see if it needs to be cleaned. You can find a Kenmore dryer lint screen just inside the bottom of the dryer door opening. Kenmore dryer lint screens are almost rectangular, with the bottom right corner being rounded. It should be cleaned before each load so that your dryer is most effective. Roll the lint off with your hands. Every six months you should clean it with a nylon brush and warm, soapy water to remove any buildup or residue.

    • 2). Check for obstructions in the exhaust vent. The Kenmore manual recommends running the dryer for 10 minutes and putting your hand under the outdoor exhaust vent to see if you feel warm air. If not, it needs to be cleaned out. You can do it yourself if you have a long tool, such as a broom handle, that can be inserted into the exhaust vent to remove any obstructions.

    • 3). Use only one fabric softener sheet per load to prevent the sheets from blocking the lint grill. Kenmore recommends this, as well as using each sheet just once.

    • 4). Look at your dryer cycle settings to make sure that you are using a high heat setting, which dries laundry quicker. Kenmore dryers have a temperature panel where you can select high heat by pressing the button.

    • 5). Limit the amount of wet laundry you put in the dryer. Overloading the dryer results in it drying everything slower. Kenmore recommends that the laundry load be of a size where it can tumble freely.

    • 6). Heat up the room that your dryer is located in if it is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The Kenmore manuals notes that the temperature in the laundry room must be above that for the dryer to work properly.

    • 7). Consult a dryer repair person to check the exhaust vent length and diameter to ensure it is not the cause of the slow drying. Also have the ventilation checked, if your dryer is in a closet, because improper ventilation can lead to poor drying.

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