My wife and I purchased a used Kenmore 70 Series dryer (model number: LER7646EQ2) last winter and it's never performed as well as we had hoped.
We have three main problems with the dryer:
- Loads of towels or jeans take between 90 and 110 minutes to fully dry.
- The dryer is covered in lint after just a few loads, even though we empty the lint trap after every cycle.
- The dryer occasionally streaks clothes with a brown stain that is very difficult to remove. There is no rust visible in the drum.
The streaking is the problem we're most concerned about.
Unfortunately, the previous owners of the dryers were smokers, meaning that we had to clean the dryer extensively after buying and installing it.
And while I'm no expert on connecting dryers, I checked the duct running from the dryer to the wall and the connection seems to be secure. I also asked our apartment complex to check and make sure that there isn't a clog between the utility closet in our apartment (where we have our washer and dryer installed) and the outside air vent.
We're not expecting high-end performance from a used dryer, but the dryer has been a disappointment almost from day one. Taking 90-110 minutes to dry a load of towels is bothersome, but knowing that the dryer could ruin a piece of clothing in any given cycle is enough reason to want to kick it to the curb and buy a replacement.
My wife and I would like to wait until we move into a house before purchasing a new dryer. Is there anything I can do to improve the performance of this dryer and, more importantly, keep it from staining clothing?