LG Dryer Not Drying Clothes? Here are 4 Reasons Why.

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There usually comes a day when even the most reliable dryers stop performing like they used to. Why is my LG dryer not drying completely? Overloading restricts the air circulation needed for complete and timely drying. Troubleshoot an LG dryer not drying clothes with these 4 likely reasons common to many brands.

How to Fix an LG Dryer Not Drying Clothes as It Should

While clogs and overloading can have a quick DIY fix, part failures typically call for a professional repair. Here’s how to pinpoint the right solution for an LG dryer not drying clothes.

Clogged Dryer Vent

The dryer’s vent expels warm air to prevent the dryer from overheating. However, lint and other debris that accumulate during a drying cycle can find their way from the lint filter and into the vent. Eventually, these byproducts can accumulate to a point where they create a blockage. When this happens, air circulation will be limited, resulting in the dryer leaving clothes damp. In extreme cases, this combustible debris can even cause dryer fires.

LG dryers display error codes d80, d90 or d95 to indicate the degree to which the dryer vent is blocked. While it’s recommended that you clean dryer vents annually to avoid blockages, it should be cleaned immediately if these error codes are displayed.

Here’s how to clean dryer vents quickly and easily:

  1. Unplug the dryer.
  2. Move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the vent from the dryer and wall.
  3. Remove any visible blockages inside the vent with an appliance brush or narrow vacuum hose attachment.
  4. Brush or vacuum away any debris from the vent opening on the outside of your house.
  5. Reconnect the vent to the dryer and interior wall.
  6. Restore the dryer’s power and reposition it in place.
LG dryer not drying
Photo Credit: LG Electronics

Overloading LG dryer

Overloading is one of the most common reasons for drying issues. Too many clothes in the dryer drum restricts airflow so the dryer takes too long to dry clothes in a single cycle. In this case, you may find that the dryer takes two cycles to dry every item completely, wasting time and energy.

Follow these tips to avoid overloading:

  • Dry one wash load at a time: Make sure each load only fills the dryer ¾ of the way to allow for optimum airflow.
  • Split up larger loads: Dividing large loads into two smaller ones enables each to dry in one cycle, increasing efficiency.
  • Dry large items separately: Bedding, rugs and large towels should be dried on their own or balanced with a few smaller items to maintain air circulation.

Blown Thermal Fuse

If the thermal fuse has blown, you’ll find your LG dryer not drying clothes at all. The thermal fuse blows when the dryer is in danger of overheating and a cycle can’t start until the fuse is replaced.

Multimeter testing can confirm that the fuse has blown with a lack of continuity. However, it’s important to also determine why the dryer may be in danger of overheating. As clogged dryer vents are a common cause, we recommend checking the vents before replacing the thermal fuse.

Broken LG Dryer Heating Element

If your dryer doesn’t dry clothes after trying these troubleshooting tips, it’s possible the heating element is broken. In electric dryers, the heating element is a metal coil that heats the air before it enters the dryer drum. Over time, this element can burn out, leaving the dryer with no heat. If multimeter testing of the heating element shows no continuity, it must be replaced.

In gas dryers, an igniter lights the gas in the burner assembly, creating hot air. If the igniter has burned out it won’t create the spark needed to light the gas. If the igniter shows no continuity with multimeter testing, it should be replaced by a professional LG dryer repair service. 

Don’t let an LG dryer not drying clothes dampen your laundry routine. Call Tiger Mechanical for a fast and reliable repair!

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