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LG dryer not drying

Common reasons your LG dryer is not drying

The most common reasons your LG dryer is not drying are a clogged vent tube, open heating element or a bad wire connector.

  • 65%

    65% of the time it's the
    Vent Tube

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 8%

    8% of the time it's the
    Wire Connector

  • 17%

    17% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a LG dryer

    Vent Tube Replacement

    A clogged vent tube is one of the most common causes for a dryer not drying clothes. When the vent tube is clogged, air won’t flow through the dryer. Warm moist air will stay in the dryer drum and clothes won’t dry. When clothes are taking a long time to dry, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and examine the dryer. The technician will determine whether a clogged vent is causing the drying problem.

    Heating Element Replacement

    An open heating element could be causing the problem when your dryer is not drying. “Open” means that the heating element is broken and current isn’t flowing through the element to produce heat. You may not see physical damage on the heating element for it to be electrically open. An interior break in the continuity of the element can prevent it from heating. When your dryer isn’t heating, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and fix the dryer.

    Wire Connector Replacement

    A bad wire connector in the heating circuit or control circuit can keep the dryer from drying clothes. A disconnected wire on the heating element will prevent the element from heating. A loose wire on the moisture sensor will fool the control into thinking clothes are dry while the garments are still damp. A bad wire connector on the control board can keep the control from managing the drying cycle properly. When your dryer isn’t drying clothes properly, schedule service and have a Sears Home Services Technician check the dryer. The technician will check the wire connectors and fix any problems.

    What to expect when you experience an LG dryer not drying issue

    How is the not drying problem fixed?

    Correcting most not drying problems usually involves replacing the vent tube, heating element or wire connector. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dryer that is not drying

    When the dryer is not drying it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dryer failures.

    What to look out for with a dryer not drying diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dryer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

    LG Dryer is not Drying Troubleshooting

    When your LG dryer is not drying, follow these troubleshooting steps to help fix the problem.

    1. Check the lint screen and clean off lint if necessary.
    2. Wash the lint screen using water and a soft-bristle brush to remove dryer sheet and fabric softener residue off the screen. Let the lint screen dry completely and then reinstall the lint screen in the dryer. Repeat this process monthly to keep the lint screen clean.
    3. Check the control settings. Make sure the dryer is set on high heat.
    4. Check the moisture sensor for deposits and residue that could be causing an automatic drying cycle to end early because the control can’t detect moisture in garments. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the metal moisture sensor strips.
    5. Clean the flexible lint hose behind the dryer. Lint and debris clogging that vent hose can prevent the dryer from drying properly.
    6. Clear lint and debris from the dryer lint duct system going to the outside of your home so exhaust air flows smoothly and the dryer properly dries clothes.

    If these basic troubleshooting tips don’t help you resolve the problem of your LG dryer not drying clothes, schedule dryer repair service and we’ll send a Sears Home Services technician to your home to fix the dryer.

    Fixing an LG Dryer not Drying Clothes

    An LG dryer not drying clothes often has a problem with air flowing through the dryer properly. A heating failure or control problem will also prevent the dryer from drying clothes.

    If the dryer isn’t heating, follow these troubleshooting steps to fix the heating problem.

    1. Check the control settings to make sure the dryer is set on high heat.
    2. For an electric LG dryer, check the house circuit breakers for the dryer. The dryer will run if only one of the 120-volt legs of 240-volt power is supplied to the dryer. If the 2nd leg of 120-volt power is missing, the dryer won’t heat. Reset a house circuit breaker if you find it tripped.
    3. For a gas LG dryer, make sure that the gas supply cut-off valve is fully open so the dryer is getting an adequate gas supply to heat.
    4. Reset the control board by unplugging the dryer for 2 minutes and then plugging the power cord back in to the electrical outlet to restore power. This will reboot the control board. Check to see if the dryer heats after the dryer powers back up.

    If the dryer won’t after following these basic troubleshooting steps, you’ll likely need to schedule dryer repair service to have a Sears Home Services technician visit your home and fix the LG dryer not drying clothes.

    If the dryer heats, make sure the lint screen is clean and clean the flexible vent hose behind the dryer. Clear the vent path to the outside of your home.

    If you’re unable to find and fix the cause of your LG dryer drying clothes, schedule a service call and we’ll fix the problem for you.

    Troubleshooting an LG ThinQ Dryer not Drying

    Is your LG ThinQ dryer not drying clothes properly? This common issue can be frustrating, but there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to resolve the problem.

    First, check if your LG ThinQ dryer is overloaded. Overfilling the drum can prevent proper air circulation, leading to longer drying times. Try reducing the load size and see if that improves performance.

    Next, inspect the lint filter. A clogged filter restricts airflow, causing your LG ThinQ dryer to not dry effectively. Clean the filter after each use to maintain optimal performance.

    Examine the dryer vent for blockages. A obstructed vent can trap hot, moist air inside the dryer, resulting in damp clothes. Clean the vent regularly to ensure proper airflow.

    If your LG ThinQ dryer is still not drying, check the heat settings. Ensure you're using the appropriate temperature for the fabric type. Using a lower heat setting than necessary can lead to inadequate drying.

    For gas dryers, verify that the gas supply is on and functioning correctly. A weak or interrupted gas flow can cause your LG ThinQ dryer to not dry clothes efficiently.

    Consider the drying cycle you're using. Some cycles, like delicate or eco modes, use lower heat and may take longer to dry clothes completely. Try a different cycle if needed.

    If these steps don't resolve the issue, consult your LG ThinQ dryer's manual for model-specific troubleshooting tips.

    If you’re unable to resolve the problem with your LG ThinQ dryer not drying, schedule dryer repair service and we’ll send a Sears Home Services technician to your home to fix the dryer.

    What to When You Have an LG Dryer Not Drying Fully

    When you have an LG dryer not drying fully, check the moisture sensor in the dryer. Refer to the owner’s manual if necessary to find that device. It is typically just inside the dryer door on the lint screen housing. It consists of two metal bars that sense moisture in the clothes.

    When these moisture sensor bars get coated with lint, fabric softener deposits from dryer sheets or other debris from clothes, the sensors won’t detect any moisture in the garments during the drying cycle and the LG dryer will end the cycle while clothes are still damp.

    Clean the moisture sensor bars using rubbing alcohol and a cloth. Wipe the sensors completely dry after cleaning them.

    This will often resolve a problem with an LG dryer not drying fully. If the problem persists, schedule dryer repair service and we’ll send a Sears Home Services technician to your home to fix the drying issue.

    LG Front Load Dryer Not Drying

    Is your LG front load dryer not drying clothes effectively? This common problem can sometimes be resolved with some simple troubleshooting steps.

    1. Check the moisture sensor bars inside the drum. These bars detect the dampness of your clothes, and if they're dirty or coated with fabric softener residue, your LG front load dryer may not dry properly. Clean them gently with a soft cloth and vinegar solution.
    2. Inspect the dryer's exhaust duct for any kinks or damage. A compromised duct can impede airflow, causing your LG front load dryer to not dry clothes thoroughly. Ensure the duct is straight and unobstructed.
    3. Verify that the dryer's power cord is securely plugged in and the circuit breaker hasn't tripped.
    4. Check if the dryer door seal is intact. A damaged seal can allow hot air to escape, reducing drying efficiency. Replace the door seal if it’s loose or damaged.

    If your LG front load dryer is still not drying, examine the heating element. A faulty element can prevent the dryer from generating enough heat. You may need to test it with a multimeter or have a Sears Home Services technician examine the element and replace it if needed.

    Sometimes, drying problems are caused by spin speed problems in your washing machine. If clothes are excessively wet when transferred to the dryer, the dryer may struggle to dry them completely. Adjust the washer's spin speed for better results or fix the washer if it’s not draining and spinning clothes properly.

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