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How long does it take to dry your clothes?

We just got a new electric dryer. It takes approx. 1 hour to dry a full normal load of clothes. The exhaust pipe runs about 15 ft. with two 90's before it gets outside. Does 1 hour to dry your clothes in the dryer sound about right?
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It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to do the drying in my gas dryer. Mind you, gas is actually not as good as electric for drying clothes as it outputs slightly more moist heat than electric (water vapour from the gas combustion). Also, my clothes come out very well wrung-out form my european washing machine. An hour seems long to me, maybe you're overloading it?
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jperras wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2007 7:46 pm
We just got a new electric dryer. It takes approx. 1 hour to dry a full normal load of clothes. The exhaust pipe runs about 15 ft. with two 90's before it gets outside. Does 1 hour to dry your clothes in the dryer sound about right?
40 minutes or less in our LG electric dryer :)
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Is all your exhaust pipe rigid or is some of it flex pipe? Flex pipe reduces the total distance you can have for you exhaust (as do the elbows) because of the increased resistance. Check your manual for calculating the maximum exhaust run allowed for your model.

Certain exhaust terminations can also reduce airflow more than others. Also make sure there is no lint buildup outside and vent is clear.

If the airflow is restricted your clothes will take longer than normal to dry
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Well the washing machine is new as well, and the clothes seem to be pretty well rung out when finished. As I said earlier, the length of the exhaust run is 15 feet with 2 90's in there. I have to use the flexible stuff for the exhaust due to this being an old house and the pipes skim both the legs of an old sink and a rather large septic pipe in the way. The manual states a maximum of 17 feet with 2 90's when using flexible pipes.

Also everthing is brand new, so no dust or anything to clog up the exhaust yet. The old dryer that was replaced took 1 hour as well to dry the clothes, but I always thought that was because the exhaust was starting to get clogged and the dryer was nearing the end of its life. With the new dryer set up, when I go outside to check out the exhaust, the air seems quite hot and is blowing quite powerful...

I guess I could try installing the straight rigid exhaust pipe which will be a pain, and I'll have to use 4 90's, which is ok by the manual. Think that will make a difference?

Also 1 other related question. Outside where the exhaust lets out,it is basically shooting the air directly onto one of the pipes used for the gas meter. I'm guessing it's not really that big of an issue, as it was the gas companies that moved it there from the inside knowing full well it would be right next to the dryer exhaust. Should I be worried about that? Thanks guys...
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If the exhaust is warm and powerful, maybe that is just how long your clothes take to dry with that model. Perhaps some here are quoting drying times from clothes that came out of a front load washer which will be less wet and therefore would dry quicker than clothes from a conventional washer.

Also if you keep checking to see if they are dry, perhaps that adds time to the dry cycle.
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i've got a cheap arse 6 year old Moffat set, and 50-60 minutes has always been the average drying time for me....i don't think you're too far off, unless you have a front load washer-then the clothes should be wrung out much better just from the spin cycle, and drying time should be shorter.
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I think it also depends on your dryer settings (i.e. the level of 'dryness' you have set that is acceptable to you).
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jperras wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2007 7:46 pm
It takes approx. 1 hour to dry a full normal load of clothes.
I'm assuming it's clothes only? If you throw in even a couple of bath towels in there, it'll take longer because they're so absorbent. I always separate my clothes from towels when drying. I don't want to heat my clothes more than necessary just so the dryer will get all the moisture out of the towel.
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40-45 mins in a Whirlpool dryer.
Of course this all depends on load and type of clothes in the dryer.

Jeans will take a bit longer to dry compared to just regular cottons (shirts/towels). The other thing to consider is how dry/wet the clothes are out of the washer aftet the spin cycle.

If it take longer than 60-70 mins to dry, they might be something wrong with the dryer.
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May 1, 2007
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this is my LG washer specs, after the spin, it's almost dry, so the dryer normally take less than 20 mins, depends on the load
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Oct 15, 2007
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maybe you have a block in the exhaust...if ur using a vinyl exhast they tend to block often

otherwise it all depends on what you are actually drying....ie someone said towels, jeans aswell

what you cal a "normal" load other people may call it large or heavy, so keep that in mind
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Oct 16, 2007
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I will have to ask my GF. She wont let me near the dryer after what happened the last time I used it. But the smoke alarm works just great :cheesygri
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My clothes are dry in under an hour when I hang them outside my house here in Mexico. :)
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wd40 wrote:
Oct 24th, 2007 11:54 am
I will have to ask my GF. She wont let me near the dryer after what happened the last time I used it. But the smoke alarm works just great :cheesygri
Best response! LOL
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