We are often asked, “Why does my Whirlpool dryer take two cycles to dry?” If only we had a dollar for each time we’ve heard that!

Dryers require heat and adequate airflow to sufficiently dry a load of clothes in a single cycle. Without both heat and airflow, the dryer will lag and often take 2 or more cycles to dry the clothes completely.

Whirlpool Dryer Take Two Cycles?
This Could be Why…

If you are wondering, “Why does my Whirlpool dryer take two cycles to dry clothes?”, it’s time to investigate. Chances are, your dryer has a clogged lint trap, clogged vents, or a burned out heating element. All of which have solutions!

Dryer Vent is Clogged

Does your Whirlpool dryer take two cycles to dry a load of laundry? Then you might have a clogged vent. When a Whirlpool dryer takes too long, a common culprit is a vent clogged with lint and debris.

As clothes go through the dry cycle, lint fibers get filtered through in the lint trap, which catches most of the fibers. However, some of the fibers pass right through the trap and make their way through the vents. Eventually, the vents become clogged with lint and debris, often from stuff left in pants pockets.

Once the vents are clogged, airflow is restricted and clothes take longer and longer to dry. So what’s the solution? Clean the vents!

Clean the lint trap every time you run the dryer. Every 6 months, use an appliance brush like this one and a vacuum hose to remove lint from the vent and duct connected to the back of the dryer.

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Dryer Lint Trap is Full

Why does a Whirlpool dryer take two cycles to dry thoroughly? All too frequently, the lint trap is forgotten. If you have a dryer not drying in one cycle, the solution could be as simple as cleaning the lint trap. It should be cleaned every time you run a load of clothes in the dryer.

To clean the lint trap in the dryer, just pull out the trap before starting the dryer and swipe all the lint out. But that’s not all…

Every so often, after the lint is removed, hold the trap up to a light or place it under running water. You may find that light or water doesn’t go through the screen. This waxy build up is left behind by dryer sheets or fabric softener. Use mild hand soap and a semi-stiff scrub brush to remove the wax. Rinse and replace.

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Heating Element Burned Out

If you struggle with your dryer taking multiple cycles to dry, you may have a burned out heating element. Check the lint trap and vents and perform any necessary cleaning. The heating element may be defective if everything is clean and you still have an issue drying clothes.

Diagnosing a defective heating element can be tricky and is best done by a licensed professional. When you suspect the heating element on your dryer has burned out, it is best to hire a professional dryer repair technician to fix the problem.