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Dryer Leaking Water Onto Floor and Won't Dry Clothes

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My Laundry Question

The dryer is not drying the clothes. Please tell us what to do to make our dryer work properly.

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It is plugged in and running. The top and back of the dryer is getting hot. The interior of the dryer is damp and warm. It is tumbling. A small puddle is forming on the front, right side of the dryer.

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  • We have already cleaned out the vent inside and the hose at the back.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Since a dryer has no water supply, the only source of the water can be condensation. This means that warm, moist dryer air is hitting something cold and condensing. It also means that the moist air is not escaping correctly and that is why it is taking so long to dry your clothes - if they dry at all.

While you've made a good start at cleaning out lint blocked areas, I suggest go to the back of the dryer and take off the vent pipe or hose and check things out with a flashlight. Clean out all the lint and dust you can, even use a vacuum cleaner on it. Make sure the vent pipe is completely clear of any obstructions. Non-rigid vents has much worse air flow than smooth piping, so you might want to upgrade to smooth piping.

Once you have all the lint and dust cleaned out of the dryer, go to where the dryer vents outside. Again, clean the area thoroughly. There is usually a trap door that opens when the dryer air is on and closes when it is not operating. It should be completely clear of lint and opening smoothly. I live in a humid area and I have to clean damp lint that clings there at least every two months.

Also, look into the exhaust area on the dryer carefully to see if there is a hole or gap in the dryer's internal air ducting. Without the vent pipe connected and with no clothes in the dryer, start it and let if run for a few seconds and make sure there is strong air flow from the exhaust port. You should feel it strongly on your hand.

Re-connect the vent pipe and start the dryer again. Feel all around the bottom to see if any air is blowing out from under the bottom. This would indicate there is a break or gap in the dryer's internal ducting. If you do feel air, you will need to call a service technician to see if it can be repaired. If your dryer is very old, there could be a rust hole in the duct.

Good luck!

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