Clothes Coming Out of Your Dryer Damp? Here’s what you can do

Have you ever dealt with the sinking feeling of reaching into your dryer, after a load of laundry has been in there for an hour or more, only to find damp/soaked clothes? If you do, then you already know that this isn’t something any of us ever want to deal with. If your clothes are coming out of the dryer damp, there are a number of potential culprits that you are going to want to keep in mind. Thankfully, a lot of these potential problems are pretty straightforward.

We have some tips that can help you if you ever find yourself in this position. You should also keep in mind that our appliance experts at Target Appliance Repair can be there in a flash to help with any dryer issue you might be faced with.

Some Steps to Consider

Again, no one wants to deal with a dryer that is producing damp clothes, even after they have gone through for an hour or more. If the dampness isn’t too severe, it could be any number of very simple explanations:

  • The lint trap needs to be cleaned: If your dryer doesn’t seem to be running very well, make sure the lint trap has been cleaned recently. To be honest, you should be cleaning out your lint trap after every single use.
  • Too many clothes: Check the load capacity for your dryer. If you are putting way too much in your dryer with every session, it seems likely that your appliance isn’t going to be as effective as you want it to be. In the end, those load capacities for both washers and dryers should be respected.

Checking off the above two scenarios is really the first thing you want to do. If you’ve covered both of these bases, then you are ready for the next step. It could be something as simple as a clogged vent, but it is well within the realm of possibility that it could be something far more serious. As we mentioned before, our washer and dryer pros at Target Appliance Repair can assess the situation quickly and will get to work in hardly any time at all.

Nonetheless, if your dryer is giving you issues, then you will want to deal with this problem quickly. If your dryer is struggling to dry, then it is likely that your dryer is working harder than it has to. Should this be the case, you can look at rising energy costs. You can also find your dryer running to the end of its lifespan much more quickly under such circumstances.

Checking Your Dryer for Issues

You don’t need to stress out too much if you discover that your dryer is turning out damp clothes. Beyond the possibilities outlined above, there are several simple things you can do:

  • Dryer vents: Few elements associated with your dryer have to put up with more than the vents. Lint, debris and other undesirables can get into these vents, and they can cause all kinds of problems. Keep your vent clear at all times.
  • Thermal fuses: This is another problem area that frequently wears down your clothes dryer. Your dryer may have a heat-sensing thermal fuse. If the dryer overheats, the fuse can blow, and it will then require replacement.
  • Internal ducts: The internal duct can get clogged up sometimes. In such situations, you are definitely going to want to have one of our experts to take care of things. This is not something you are going to want to attempt on your own.
  • Electric dryer? Heating elements associated with electric dryers are generally found as a long coil of wire. If your dryer is struggling, and your vent is clean, then you will need to have the heat element replaced. Once again, this is the sort of thing that is best left up to the experience and efficiency of a repair technician.
  • Gas dryer? If you own a gas dryer, there is a good chance that your igniter has malfunctioned. When this occurs, the dryer will tumble, but not actually dry.

Extra Tip: If you have a very small load of laundry, and it needs to dry quickly, consider throwing in a dry towel with the damp laundry. This should only be done with very small loads of laundry, but it can still do in a pinch. Nonetheless, this is not a long term measure by any means.


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