My Dryer Works Again!

A little over two years ago, when we moved into this house, we purchased a new washer and dryer set since our old ones had been included with the sale of our previous home. I really struggled at the time with which model to select, but it turned out that the decision had pretty much been made for us based on which would fit through the door into the laundry room. We had decided against a front-loading washer to avoid any vibration issues that go along with a front-loading washer in a second floor installation … and there was really only one line of high efficiency top load washers at the time that seemed to be any good: the Whirlpool Cabrio / Kenmore Elite Oasis line. Of those, there was only one dryer in the Kenmore line that would fit into the room … so, decision made. We wound up purchasing the Kenmore Elite Oasis Canyon Capacity washer and Kenmore Elite Oasis Super Capacity Dryer.

Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with the washer and dryer since we purchased them. We got the “Canyon Capacity” washer and I really love how large it is. It seems to do a good job cleaning our clothes and we haven’t had many problems with vibration or other annoyances. The dryer, though, has never seemed as good as the one we left at our old house. When we first got it, it took about as long to dry a load of clothes as it did to wash one, which worked out ok, but over the last couple of years, it’s gotten increasingly worse. I stopped using the “Auto Dry” settings because I thought the sensors weren’t working right and I started setting the temperature to “high” rather than “medium” hoping that would help things to dry faster, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. For a while, I thought maybe I was washing loads that were too big for the dryer to handle (since it’s capacity is smaller than the washer’s), so I started washing only about half as much stuff at a shot, but the dryer would still need to run for an extra hour or so longer than the washer, which was really annoying. I could hear the dryer cycling on and off while it was running, so I knew it wasn’t heating the air/clothes the whole time, but I thought maybe that’s how it was supposed to work.

As much as I was dreading it, I was ready to admit that we needed to call a service person to have them come take a look at the dryer. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Chad and I were sitting on the deck and he noticed that the dryer vent looked like it was maybe a little clogged, so the next night he dug out the ladder and climbed up to clear the lint from the vent. We didn’t think it would have any effect on the performance of the dryer, but it’s made all the difference in the world! I’ve gotten twice as much laundry done today as on a normal Sunday because the dryer is working so much faster! I was able to dry a load of jeans on medium heat in only 50 minutes … it would have taken probably 3 hours on “high” before. It seems that the dryer must have some safety features built in to sense when air flow is restricted and reduce the heat in that situation. I’m so glad we cleaned the dryer vent before scheduling a service call! I only wish the dryer had had some kind of an indicator to tell me what the problem was – it would have saved so much frustration! In any case, I’m putting a reminder on the calendar so we don’t forget to clean out the dryer vent a couple times a year, so we can avoid a repeat problem!

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