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Maytag MGDC465HW0 doesn't dry like it used to


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Feb 19, 2018
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1-5 years
We used to be able to run towels, jeans, etc. for 50 minutes on medium heat and all would be dry. Now it takes at least double the time. It is still getting hot, but obviously not hot enough. What could cause this?
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Might help, a copy:

Q: Dryer takes too long to dry or multiple times to dry a load.
A1: Pull the dryer out away from the wall. Unhook the vent from the dryer completely. Do not put anything over the dryer exhaust on the back of the dryer. Do a normal load with the vent unhooked. If it dries better or ok like this then the problem is in the dryer venting. Like a blocked vent pipe or a smashed or restricted vent hose.
A2: If the vent doesn't make a difference, then check the blower wheel for excessive lint build up, check that there isn't anything stuck to the air intake baffle inside the drum, (i.e. the screen on the back wall of the dryer when looking into the drum). Check the lint filter chute for blockage. Check that the burner coils are not heating up and quiting. Check the exhaust temperature of the dryer. A Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe or pocket thermometer can be used for this. It should cycle approx between 120 degrees and 160 degrees ( without clothes ). Check that the drum seals are not worn out.

ALWAYS check venting, vent hood and the dryers lint filter for poor drying times.

If needed:

LINK> Dryer gas valve coil set

jeff sr.
So I skipped to A2 first. It does cycle between 115 and 160 ish without clothes.
I'll next try a load with the vent off. Just waiting for the washer to finish... More to come.
OK, did a load, medium heat, normal time with the vent tube off and it seemed to do well. So, something is blocking our vent? I can't see anything on the outside and I did just clean it about 8 months ago.
So, I was able to find some lint balled up in the vent pipe. I think I'm good. WHEW, glad it was really that simple. Feel stupid for not checking it first
Glad to see you are getting somewhere with it :)

jeff sr.
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