Malfunctioning, broken or failing heating elements are a third common problem that can cause a clothes dryer to take too long in drying clothes. In some clothes dryers, you can visibly check the heating element from the rear of the dryer cabinet, where it can be seen glowing red or orange hot during operation. A good first step is to run your dryer, check for heat, and observe the vented area near the heating element to see if it’s working at all during operation.
If you can’t find any signs of a properly working heating element, use your clothes dryer owner’s manual to locate the position of your heating element, and access it inside the cabinet. Be sure to follow all safety precautions outlined at the beginning of this article. Examine the heating element for signs of damage or wear, such as cracking, discoloration, or blistering. Any of these signs may indicate that your heating element is damaged or blown out. This is not an uncommon problem, and luckily is not too expensive or difficult to fix. A damaged heating element needs to be replaced with an identical replacement part immediately, according to the specifications and steps listed in your clothes dryer’s owner’s manual.