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LG Dryer Takes Too Long

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer takes too long are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer takes too long

Cause 1Air Flow Problem

If the vent is clogged or partially clogged, it will restrict the airflow through the dryer, substantially increasing the drying time. To ensure proper dryer performance, you should clean your dryer’s venting system at least once per year.

Cause 2Blower Wheel

The blower wheel works with the drive motor to draw air into the dryer drum. Clumps of lint, socks, and small articles of clothing can escape the lint filter and get caught in the blower wheel. In addition, the blower wheel sleeve can wear out, allowing the blower wheel to wobble on the motor shaft. If the blower wheel is obstructed or defective, it may take too long to dry clothes. To determine if the blower wheel is working properly, remove the dryer vent and assess the strength of the air flow. If the air flow is weak, check the blower wheel for obstructions. If no obstructions are present, try rotating the blower wheel by hand. If the blower wheel wobbles as it turns, replace it.

Parts
Blower Wheel for your LGDryer
Blower Wheel - Part # 1268176 Mfg Part # 5835EL1002A
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Cause 3Heating Element

The heating element warms the air before the air enters the dryer drum. If the heating element is burned out, or if any other part of the assembly is defective, the dryer may not heat. To determine if the heating element is at fault, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the heating element does not have continuity, replace it.

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Heating Element for your LGDryer
Heating Element - Part # 1377645 Mfg Part # 5301EL1001J

Dryer heating element assembly. If the dryer no longer heats then the heating element may have failed, but it is not the most common cause. The most common cause for a dryer to stop heating is a blown thermal fuse.

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Cause 4Lint Filter

The lint filter might be clogged. Dryer sheets and fabric softener can leave a residue on the lint filter, reducing the air flow. If the lint filter is clogged, clean it.

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Lint Filter for your LGDryer
Lint Filter - Part # 1266857 Mfg Part # 5231EL1003B

Dryer lint filter assembly with felt rim seal attached. Proper air flow is critical to dryer operation so the filter should be cleaned before every load. Replace the filter if it has any tears or rips in it.

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Cause 5Moisture Sensor

The moisture sensor monitors the clothing’s moisture level and sends a signal to the control board when the clothes are dry. If the moisture sensor is malfunctioning, it could inaccurately report that the clothing is still moist, causing the dryer to keep running even though the clothes are dry. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the moisture sensor check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, replace the moisture sensor.

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Moisture Sensor for your LGDryer
Moisture Sensor - Part # 1268224 Mfg Part # 6500EL3001A

Dryer moisture sensor bar. If the dryer timer does not advance properly inspect the moisture sensor bars for damage which can cause the automatic drying cycle to not work properly.

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Cause 6Thermistor

Some dryer models have a thermistor. The control board uses the thermistor to monitor the dryer temperature and cycle the heat on and off. If the thermistor is defective, it might not cycle the heat on, causing the clothes to not to dry properly.

Parts
Thermistor for your LGDryer
Thermistor - Part # 1268206 Mfg Part # 6323EL2001B

Dryer thermistor assembly with wire harness. If the thermistor is defective, it can prolong or shorten the drying time or cause a fault code. A defective thermistor is not responsible for a dryer not heating.

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