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I line dry as much as I can but sometimes just need to use the dryer. Our dryer takes FOREVER to dry a load. Like 1 1/2 to 2 hours to dry a load of diapers. It's not ours (landlord's) but it looks pretty new. I saw this brush on a long retractable handle in a catalog that cleans the innards of the dryer to get all the lint out, but it was really expensive. Anyone ever use one of those? Anything else I can do? It just doesn't seem right.
 

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I pull out the lint trap and stick my vacuum wand down there and move it around as much as I can.
 

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You might check the hose as well-- that's where the lint seems to accumulate in ours-- where the hose connects to the dryer.<br><br>
Also, is it heating up?
 

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Is your washing machine spinning the clothes properly? Can you run them through spin again to see if any more water comes out?<br><br>
Maybe the loads are too big? 2 hours is a long time. 1.5 hours is typical for me if I wash a load of all towels, though - they hold a lot of water. OTOH, our dryer is ancient.<br><br>
Maybe a different dryer cycle? Ours seems to work best on the 'auto dry' setting (more dry/less dry on the dial) - on the timed setting it seems to take longer, I think the heat cycles on and off more.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is your washing machine spinning the clothes properly? Can you run them through spin again to see if any more water comes out?</div>
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I think it is, they don't seem super soggy or anything.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Maybe the loads are too big? 2 hours is a long time. 1.5 hours is typical for me if I wash a load of all towels, though - they hold a lot of water. OTOH, our dryer is ancient.</td>
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The loads are normal. If I have an extra big load come out of the washer I split it up.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Maybe a different dryer cycle? Ours seems to work best on the 'auto dry' setting (more dry/less dry on the dial) - on the timed setting it seems to take longer, I think the heat cycles on and off more.</td>
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I'll try that, but when I've used the more dry/less dry and even set it to more dry, it's still wet when the cycle finishes.
 

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I just bought a long skinny brush on a long handle at Lowe's in the appliances section for around $10. It is supposed to be good for refrigerators and dryers. Since it isn't retractable it wouldn't go far in the vent hose on the dryer, but I'm planning to try it out.
 

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If it's getting hot and spinning, but still taking forever, it's probably the hose.<br><br>
You need to make sure the hose is connected to the back of the dryer properly. We had this problem, too, with a brand new dryer, and it ended up being the hose connection.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've heard that putting a dry towel or two in with the wet clothes will help the load to dry quicker. Worth a try.</div>
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huh, that's something I haven't heard of. I'll try it!
 

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If you can find the vent, run the dryer and make sure you can feel a lot of air coming out of the vent. If you can't you've either got an obstruction in there, or you've got such a serpentine path from dryer to vent that the air is prevented from properly exhausting. In this case, the vent would need to be re-routed so that it's a more direct path from dryer to exit.<br><br>
We did such a re-routing on our dryer last summer and it went from taking 90-120 minute on high heat to dry a load of diapers to about 45 minutes, even on super humid days.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you can find the vent, run the dryer and make sure you can feel a lot of air coming out of the vent. If you can't you've either got an obstruction in there, or you've got such a serpentine path from dryer to vent that the air is prevented from properly exhausting. In this case, the vent would need to be re-routed so that it's a more direct path from dryer to exit.<br><br>
We did such a re-routing on our dryer last summer and it went from taking 90-120 minute on high heat to dry a load of diapers to about 45 minutes, even on super humid days.</div>
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Did you do it yourself, or pay someone to do it?
 

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Somewhere (maybe it was on here) I read about fabric softener blocking the dryer lint trap and making it less efficient.<br><br>
I took the lint trap out of mine and scrubbed it with soap. Before I did that no water passed through it - it just beaded on the top. After it flowed through nicely. Now with that and the dryer balls things seem to dry faster.<br><br>
(I no longer use fab softener or dryer sheets)
 

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My dad did it while he and Mom were visiting us out here. Most people come to Hawaii to see the beach: Dad comes to fix our house and actively avoid the beach.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now with that and the dryer balls things seem to dry faster.<br></div>
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Dryer balls, I've heard of those. Are they specific to dryers or can you just use any ol' balls?<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dad did it while he and Mom were visiting us out here. Most people come to Hawaii to see the beach: Dad comes to fix our house and actively avoid the beach.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Well, sounds like everyone wins in that situation, anyway.
 

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I second the lint trap clean. I just heard about this on EverdayCheapskate.com, the fabric softener liquid and sheets really affect your drying power apparently.<br>
I use neither.
 
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