As reliable as your dryer may be, there may come a day where it doesn’t perform as it should. Why is my Electrolux dryer not drying clothes? Overloading may be restricting airflow, elongating drying times. Troubleshoot this common problem with a ready arsenal of DIY solutions for an Electrolux dryer not drying clothes.
How to Fix an Electrolux Dryer Not Drying Clothes
Power issues, overloading, or restricted airflow are all possibilities for an Electrolux dryer not drying clothes. Fortunately, most can be resolved with some simple maintenance or changes to your dryer use and care.
Insufficient Power to Dryer
When your Electrolux dryer doesn’t dry, first make sure it’s receiving sufficient electrical power. Without adequate power, the dryer won’t be able to perform as efficiently or may not turn on at all.
Here’s how to assess your dryer’s power sources:
- Check the outlet: Electrolux dryers require a 240V outlet for adequate power. A standard, 120V outlet won’t deliver enough power, elongating drying times.
- Inspect the power cord: A frayed or damaged cord can cause power shortages that interrupt the drying cycle and requires replacement.
- Avoid extension cords: These cords can’t safely conduct the voltage the dryer requires, resulting in shortages that cut off power during a drying cycle.
Drying Too Many Items Per Load
Overloading the dryer with too much clothing is one of the most common reasons an Electrolux dryer leaves clothes damp. Drying too many items restricts the circulation of hot air so clothes don’t dry as quickly, requiring longer drying times that decrease efficiency.
Refer to your use and care guide to determine the exact capacity for your model dryer. In general, it’s best to only dry one wash load at a time. When loading, ensure that the dryer is only filled ¾ of the way for optimum air circulation and efficiency.
Residual Moisture Sensor Issue
Electrolux dryers use moisture sensors to stop the drying cycle if clothes are dry before it completes. These metal bars register an electrical current that’s generated when they come in contact with wet clothing. When clothes are dry and no longer generate current, the moisture sensors signal the dryer to turn off. This increases efficiency and saves money by shortening drying times.
If an Electrolux dryer takes too long to dry, the moisture sensors may be coated in lint or dryer sheet residue. This hampers their ability to register when clothes are dry. To remove dirt and residue, rub the sensors with fine sandpaper, followed by a clean, dry rag.
Clothes Are Soaking Wet After Washing
Sometimes a washer issue can mask itself as an Electrolux dryer not drying clothes. Selecting a washer setting without a sufficient spin cycle will leave clothes wetter when the wash load is done. Draining issues and other washer malfunctions can also leave clothes wet at the end of a wash cycle, resulting in longer drying times.
Make sure you’ve selected the right wash cycle for your laundry load so that an adequate spin cycle is included. If your washer isn’t draining or spinning properly, it should be professionally assessed.
Restricted Dryer Airflow
If hot air can’t circulate and exit via the vent, you’ll find your Electrolux dryer takes two cycles to dry clothes. In addition to overloading, several other issues can restrict airflow within the dryer drum and vent, leading to longer drying times.
The following issues can restrict dryer airflow:
- Dirty lint filter: This filter collects lint during drying cycles, preventing it from clogging dryer vents. However, if the filter becomes clogged, airflow within the dryer drum can be restricted. While the lint filter should be emptied after every drying cycle, it also requires regular cleanings to remove dirt and residue. Rinse the filter under running water and allow it to air dry. Before replacing the filter, remove any buildup from the filter housing as well.
- Clogged dryer vents: Even if the lint filter is cleaned regularly, lint can accumulate in the dryer vents, restricting air circulation. It’s recommended that you clean dryer vents annually to remove buildup. Start by disconnecting the dryer from the power source, then detach the vent hose from the back of the unit and gently clean it with a vent brush or vacuum attachment. Remember to also check and clean the exterior vent cover for optimal airflow and prevention of lint buildup.
- Pinched vent hose: If the vent hose is pinched or crimped it can restrict airflow within the dryer. While you may be able to straighten a pinched hose, it should be replaced if damaged.
Broken Electrolux Dryer Parts
If all else fails, a broken part may be to blame for an Electrolux dryer not drying clothes.
The following broken parts can elongate drying times, requiring a professional dryer repair service:
- Gas valve solenoid: In gas dryers, the solenoids open the gas valve that allows gas to flow and ignite, creating heat. When they fail, gas won’t flow to ignite and heat the dryer.
- Heating element: Electric dryers use a heating element to generate hot air. If this metal coil burns out or its wiring is damaged, the dryer won’t have adequate heat.
- Blower wheel: A dryer’s blower wheel helps draw air into the dryer drum and expel it out the vent. If clogged or defective, the wheel won’t rotate and clothes will take longer to dry. While clogs can be removed, a broken blower wheel must be replaced.
When a DIY fix doesn’t do the trick, the team at Twin Appliances can help. Call us to fix an Electrolux dryer not drying or for any laundry appliance concern.