The dryer takes about 2-3 hours to dry a load on sensor dry. On the Timed dry you need to run it 2 or 3 times for 60 minutes each time. I have tried disconnecting the vent pipe and running it with the air blowing into the basement and it still takes the sameamount of time. The air coming out is definately warm but is never hot. I opened it a few times in the middle of the cycle and near the end and it is a little bit warm inside but nowhere near as hot as it should be.