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Offline rollingthunder6

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life span of a dryer
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:20:45 AM »
I have a Maytag "atlantis" dryer which i bought in july 2001.  So it will be 12 years old next month.  We have been using it all that time 2 or 3 times a week ever since.  It still runs, it still generates heat.  But over the last year, my wife has been complaining that the dryer has been taking longer and longer time to dry the same basic load of stuff.  Is there any test (heating elements, perhaps?) i can perform to find out if something is wearing out, or needs to be replaced?  or is it  nearing the end of its natural life span and is it simply  time to buy another dryer?  Thanks in advance. 

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Re: life span of a dryer
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 08:33:26 AM »
Sounds like a vent issue rather than a dryer issue. Take the exhaust vent off the back of the dryer and run 1 load without it on (testing purpose only don't leave it off) That will tell you if it's the dryer or vent.

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Re: life span of a dryer
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 09:16:54 AM »
I agree. I see this frequently where customers purchase a new one only to find out it also takes too long to dry.

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Re: life span of a dryer
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 11:58:00 AM »
Every five years you should take the dryer apart and clean it. Their are videos online that show how.
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