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Top 6 Reasons Why Your Miele Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry

A dryer that takes more than one cycle to get the job done can get old fast. This is especially true if you own a high-end model, but the good news is that it might be an easy fix! We’ll show you the most common reasons why your Miele dryer takes too long to dry so you can get improve your dryer’s speed and performance.

Miele Dryer Takes Too Long? This Could Be Why

Dryer malfunctions can lead down a long road of possibilities that are time consuming to explore. Our top 6 reasons a Miele dryer takes too long to dry include DIY solutions and repair suggestions to restore dryer function.

#1: Dryer Not Getting Enough Power

Sometimes a Miele dryer that takes too long is more of a power issue than a dryer malfunction. Your dryer requires 240V of electricity to operate correctly. If the dryer isn’t receiving sufficient power it can take up to 3x longer to dry clothes. Here’s how to determine if your dryer is receiving enough power:

  • Assess the power cord for signs of damage.
  • Make sure the cord is properly plugged in to a functioning outlet.
  • Refrain from using an extension cord to power your dryer, as most extension cords can’t safely accommodate the voltage required.
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#2: Exceeding Dryer Capacity

Wondering why is my Miele dryer not drying sufficiently? You may need to consider the size of your drying loads. Overloading the dryer with more than one wash load can limit airflow, leading to longer drying times.

Avoid overloading by only drying one wash load at a time. Your use and care guide can specify the capacity of your model dryer. However, as a rule of thumb, we recommend filling the dryer only ¾ of the way full to allow for optimum airflow.

#3: Clothes Too Wet After Washing

When clothes are still wet at the end of a drying cycle, sometimes your washer is to blame. Some washer settings, like Delicate or Hand Wash, utilize a minimal spin cycle or none at all, leaving clothes wetter at the end of a wash. You may notice your Miele dryer leaving clothes damp because of this excess moisture.

Check your washer setting to make sure it includes a sufficient spin cycle for your wash load. If your clothes are still excessively wet after a wash cycle a professional service may need to assess for a washer malfunction.

#4: Dirty Dryer Lint Screen:

If the lint screen isn’t cleaned regularly and becomes clogged it can actually limit the flow of hot air within the dryer. When this happens you may find your dryer takes two cycles to dry clothes or one cycle takes longer than usual. It’s recommended that you clean your dryer lint screen after every drying cycle. Simply scooping out the lint with your hand or a paper towel will prevent clogs and keep drying times to a minimum.

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#5: Dryer Vents Are Clogged

If your Miele dryer uses a venting system, vent clogs can also limit airflow and elongate drying times. Dryer maintenance tips include cleaning dryer vents every 6-12 months to prevent clogs that can lessen airflow and increase the risk of dryer fires. 

A Miele dryer not drying properly can also be due to pinches or kinks that can also restrict airflow. Before cleaning, check for pinching and replace any venting that may be damaged. The following steps detail how to clean dryer vents quickly and safely:

  1. Locate the dryer duct.
  2. Disconnect the dryer’s power cord.
  3. Pull venting away from the wall.
  4. Use an expandable dryer vent brush to brush out the venting’s interior. Be sure to include the duct opening on the outside of the house as well.
  5. Use a dustpan and broom to sweep up dust and debris.
  6. Reconnect venting and power cord and reposition dryer.

#6: Part Malfunction

If your Miele Dryer takes too long even after these troubleshooting tips then a part malfunction may be responsible. Oftentimes one of the dryer’s two heating elements could be defective while the other is still functioning, leaving clothes only partially dried. 

Faulty moisture sensors are another common dryer malfunction. These sensors measure the level of moisture in the dryer, elongating the drying cycle if clothes are still wet. If these sensors are defective, they won’t measure moisture levels accurately and drying times may be longer.  We recommend that a professional service assess and perform any Miele dryer repair.

The experts at Conner’s Appliance can help with all dryer repair concerns. Call us to schedule fast and professional service.

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