Q: Recently, I have noticed the clothes I process are taking too long to
dry. Can you suggest a cause?
A: There are several causes that can lead to
slow drying of a load.
1. A heavy load: A full
load with heavy weight and bulky articles will take more time to dry. In most
cases, in a normal drying cycle such articles remain damp under folds and
double-thick areas. Loads consisting of heavy, bulky articles must be smaller
than the recommended load capacity. DLI recommends 80% of load capacity. This
may vary according to weight or bulkiness of the articles. A proper
classification is important.
2. Over-loaded wheel: A regular
load, consisting of pants, jackets, skirts, and other garments, should be no
more than 80 percent and no less than 50 percent of the rated capacity of the
3. Dirty button trap: A clogged
button trap will cause an incomplete extraction. The excess solvent must be
evaporated in an extended drying cycle. It is a good practice to check and
clean the button trap after every load.
4. A clogged lint filter: An
uncleaned or clogged lint filter/bag will not let the hot air circulate properly
during the drying cycle. It is recommended that the lint bag be cleaned out
after every hundred pounds of clothes cleaned or at least once a day.
5. Loose belts: This is a
very rare occurrence, but if the belts on the wheel are loose or worn out, the
RPM rate at the high speed/extraction cycle decreases, resulting in an
incomplete extraction and a longer drying cycle.