02:50AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 12/28/03
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I have a Whirlpool electric dryer that is not drying properly. It takes about 1.5 hours to dry a normal size load of clothes when set on HI. I have checked the temperature at the outlet and it peaks at 165 and drops to 130 when the heating element cycles off, (That is with no load in the dryer). With a normal load in the dryer, the temperature is between 100 and 115.

Do these temps sound correct?


09:23AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Do these temps sound correct? **

Not really. On a low setting the exhaust temperature should average in the 120-125°F range. On medium the temperature should average 130-140°F and on high 140-155°F, depending on the dryer's design. Those temperatures should be basically the same with or without clothing.

The most common cause of poor drying is a plugged, partially plugged or poorly installed (see the following link) dryer vent. For any kind of drying complaints, that is the first thing which should be checked.

LINK > How long can my dryer vent be?

Dan O.
The Appliance Information Site



12:45PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 12/28/03
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The vent is not the problem. I took the temp readings directly from the dryer vent outlet.

Any idea why the temp is that much lower when there are clothes in the dryer?



09:02AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** The vent is not the problem. I took the temp readings directly from the dryer vent outlet. **

With the vent removed to totally eliminate it as a possible cause?

** Any idea why the temp is that much lower when there are clothes in the dryer? **

Maybe the drum is not sealing properly with the added weight?

Dan O.


07:14AM | 01/05/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
I had a similar problem, although I did not do diagnostics on my dryer. My problem was a poorly designed dryer which collected lint near the trap, but not in the trap. I took the dryer apart including the drum out and found a lot of lint just laying in the bottom of the dryer. I vacuumed it all out and put it back together and worked fine.

Good luck,


02:36PM | 10/16/13
Old post yet this may help someone browsing - The temperature difference is possibly from the moisture evaporating from wet loads that provides a cooling effect. Skin perspiration and hot weather water "misters" like Misty Mates produce a similar effect.


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