How Long Should It Take For My Dryer To Get My Laundry Dry?

Does your dryer seem to take forever to dry clothes? Assuming that you’re not overloading the washer, an average load should take between 30 and 45 minutes to dry. It could even take less time for lighter fabrics. Items such as towels and areas like the seams and pockets of your jeans may take a bit longer, but anything beyond one hour spells trouble. If your dryer takes too long to dry clothes, you need to talk to professionals who offer the best appliance repair service because there might be a fault with one or several of the dryer parts.

Heating Element

The heating element is the coiled wire in every electric dryer responsible for heating the air drawn in. Every time you turn the dryer on, electricity transmits the charge to the coil and this causes the coil to heat up. Over time, the heating and cooling cycles weaken the wires and eventually, the coil burns up. Once this happens, the dryer struggles to dry your clothes and eventually, it breaks down and stops functioning. To ascertain if the heating element is burnt out, call a repair professional who will test the element and determine if it needs replacement.

Clogged Vent

Since the condition of the venting hose largely impacts the dryers drying time, a blocked vent will increase the drying time. If your dryer emits a burnt odor every time you have a load going, it could be an indication of a vent that is blocked. A clogged event impedes air from going out of the dryer making the vent work harder to dry clothes; this is what causes the burnt smell. A clogged vent will also make the appliance extremely hot during the cycle and left unchecked, ignite a fire. You have three indicators here of a clogged vent: burnt smell, hot appliance, and longer drying periods.

Lint Trap

As clothes tumble in the dryer, some fibers are sloughed off. An accumulation of these fibers is what is known as lint and it’s also what gets trapped in the filter. Too much accumulation of lint will significantly increase the drying time which is why the dryer filter needs to be cleaned after every use. Apart from slowing down the drying time, lint has the potential to cause dryer fires. If your clothes are taking too long to dry, the filter should be the first place you inspect. Remove it from the dryer and clean it off. Then, if it’s damaged, simply replace it with a new one. You could also opt to install a rigid dryer vent system as opposed to a plastic vent. The former attracts less lin,t increasing more airflow for quicker drying.


The thermostat is responsible for regulating the heat used in the drying process making it a very important component of the dryer. If the thermostat has a problem, it will affect the drying process, either causing your clothes to scorch or take too long to dry. A faulty thermostat must be replaced to restore the dryer’s functionality.

In most homes, twelve percent of home utility costs annually are because of dryers. We doubt you’d like to raise the cost higher so for the best appliance repair service, don’t hesitate to talk to us at (204) 292-6852.