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Samsung Dryer Not Drying? This May Be Why…

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Sometimes dryer malfunctions can seem a little sneaky. For instance, drying times for equally sized loads may gradually take longer without you giving it much attention. That is until one afternoon it hits you that your two-hour-not-including-commercials movie beat your dryer load to the finish line. Why is my Samsung dryer not drying like it should? From overloading clothes to a clogged vent, we’ll review some reasons why your dryer isn’t picking up the pace.

Avoid Sneaky Dryer Troubles:
Common Causes for a Samsung Dryer Not Drying

There’s no time for the unexpected on laundry day. For sure there’s no time to rewash your clothes that have been developing the first stages of mildew from waiting in the washer. Fortunately, the most common causes for a Samsung dryer not drying usually require simple solutions to solve the problem.

#1. Samsung Dryer is Overloaded

If you’re wondering why you have a Samsung dryer not drying properly, it may not be the machine that’s driving the problem. Overloading can add time to a drying cycle because the heat can’t efficiently reach every article of clothing.

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We suggest only filling your dryer ¾ of the way full to allow hot air to circulate properly. Break up a large drying load into several smaller loads for faster drying times. That’s correct – two smaller loads can better encourage a quicker dry cycle than one lump sum of laundry.

#2. Clean the Samsung Dryer Moisture Sensor

Your Samsung dryer moisture sensor can detect when clothes are dry and stop the cycle before its scheduled time. However, these sensors are typically located near the lint filter and can become covered with lint or dryer sheet residue. When this happens, the moisture sensors won’t function properly, and incorrect drying times may result.

Before typing “Samsung moisture sensor dryer not heating” into your search bar, try cleaning the sensors using a soft cloth dampened with a drop of liquid soap. Perform this periodically to allow your moisture sensor to work correctly. If this doesn’t solve the issue, it may be time to replace the moisture sensor bars.

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#3. Use the Correct Dryer Setting

Certain settings on your Samsung dryer utilize different drying times and temperatures for specific purposes. Two of these settings include:

  • Sensor dry: stops drying when lighter items are dry to prevent over-drying. However, heavier items typically remain damp.
  • Eco Dry: saves energy by reducing the amount of heat used in a longer drying cycle

We suggest double-checking your dryer settings to make sure you selected the right one. If you’re using the sensor dry setting, choose a higher dry level for your load.

#4. Dryer Vent is Clogged

A clogged dryer duct often results from a buildup of lint and other debris. When the vent is clogged, moisture will stay trapped in clothes, and the dryer takes too long to dry. These tips can help avoid a clogged vent and long drying times:

  • Make sure the dryer duct is as short and straight as possible
  • Clean the dryer duct 1-2x per year to prevent clogs
  • Inspect the exhaust hood on the outside of your house to make sure it opens and closes properly
  • If your model washer has a vent blockage test, run it regularly to assess for clogs.

These simple tidbits typically do the trick if you have a Samsung dryer not drying fast enough. However, if you still feel your dryer isn’t running up to par, let the Toledo dryer repair experts at Dave Smith Appliance Service have a look

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