When it is time for you to do laundry, you probably have a schedule you would like to follow. Therefore, it can be frustrating if your laundry takes you longer than you thought it would. One of the reasons why your laundry could be taking a long time is that your dryer keeps adding time. If your dryer continues to add time to your laundry, you could be waiting quite a while. 

The biggest reason why a dryer keeps adding time is that it is using something called sensor dry. Your dryer is only going to turn off when it senses that your clothes are completely dry. If your clothes are still wet, then the timer could go up. There are other possible reasons why your dryer could be adding time as well. 

Regardless, it is important for you to figure out why your dryer is adding time so you can plan appropriately. Even though there might be nothing wrong with the dryer, there could be a chance that a part is malfunctioning. Why does your dryer keep adding time, and what should you do? 

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How Does Sensor Dry Work?

Again, the most common reason why your dryer might be adding time is that you have it set on an automatic cycle. If you have your dryer set to an automatic cycle, it is going to use a sensor to figure out when it should shut off. With an automatic cycle, the time you see is only an estimate. It could change if the sensor detects that your clothes are still wet. 

There is a small sensor in your dryer that is responsible for detecting moisture that is present on your clothing. If the sensor senses that there is still moist your present, then your dryer is going to keep going. The sensor will also try to figure out how much moisture is present on your clothes. Then, the sensor could use this information to estimate how long your dryer is going to take.

Ideally, the sensor should get more accurate the closer it gets to being finished. As your sensor realizes that the moisture is leaving the clothing, the amount of time on the timer should begin to drop. Even though this does not always happen, the sensor is designed to help your dryer run for the optimal amount of time to dry your clothes. 

Why Does Sensor Dry Keep Adding Time?

If you are using an automatic cycle with the sensor, you may get frustrated when the sensor continues to add time. The sensor continues to add time if there is still more moisture present on your clothing. Furthermore, if the sensor realizes that the estimate is off comments it may add more time well before it if the end of the drying cycle.

Even though it can be difficult to see the timer still going up, keep in mind that the dryer is working hard to dry your clothing. If you do not want the sensor dry button to continue adding time, there are options available. 

Can You Stop Sensor Dry From Adding Time?

Keep in mind that you do not need to wait until the dryer reaches zero to pull out your clothes. You can remove your clothing early if you want to, but you may find that there are a few articles of clothing that are still wet. 

If you would like your dryer to dry your clothes more quickly, you may want to remove certain items from your clothing pile as the dryer goes. Some items are going to drive more quickly than others. For example, your socks, sheets, and underwear are probably relatively thin. Therefore, they are going to drive more quickly. You may want to remove these items from the dryer before the timer reaches zero.

If you can remove items from the dryer that are already dry, the dryer will be able to focus all its energy on items that are still wet. Is it could help you save time during the drying cycle. 

Finally, if you really want to stop a sensor from increasing the amount of time you still have on the drying cycle, you may want to switch to a time cycled instead. Of course, you will need to figure out how long your clothes are going to take to drive. With a timed cycle, the dryer is going to shut off when the time reaches zero regardless of what the sensor has to say.

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You do not need to wait until the dryer reaches zero to pull out your clothes. If you take your socks, sheets, and underwear earlier, it will be required less time to dry the rest of the clothes.

Other Possible Reasons Why the Dryer Keeps Adding Time

In most cases, when your dryer adds time, this is not a sign that something is wrong. It is a sign that the automatic cycle is recalibrating because the sensor still senses moisture present in your laundry. 

Unfortunately, there are other reasons why the dryer could be adding time. These include: 

#1 The Vent Is Clogged

One possible reason why your dryer might keep adding time is that the vent is clogged. You need to make sure the vent is clean if you want your dryer to operate efficiently. After every load, you need to make sure you clean out the lint trap so your dryer operates properly. 

Why would the dryer keep adding time if the vent is clogged? If the vent is clogged, then the dryer is not processing air efficiently. As a result, the dryer may have a difficult time getting up properly. If the dryer cannot get hot, then it is not going to dry your clothes as easily. As a result, the timer is going to keep adding time.

If you want to put a stop to this situation, you need to make sure the vent is clean. Take a look at the manual and figure out what you need to do to access your dryer vent. Then, make sure the vent is cleaned regularly. This will make it easier for your dryer to heat up, stopping the timer formatting time. 

#2 The Sensor Is Not Calibrated

Another possible reason why the dryer might keep adding time is that the sensor has not been calibrated properly. Your sensor functions by detecting the moisture that is present in your laundry. If the sensor has not been properly calibrated, then it might not be giving appropriate readings to the main control board. As a result, the dryer could be adding time even when it should not.

You may need to reach out to a professional who can take a look at the sensor for you. You may be able to test power going to the sensor on your own if you have access to a multimeter. If you detect something is wrong with your sensor, you need to rely on a professional who can help you figure out if it needs to be replaced or if the entire dryer should be swapped out. 

#3 The Thermostat Is Not Calibrated

In addition, there could be an issue with the thermostat that powers your dryer. Your thermostat is responsible for sensing how hot the dryer is. If there is something wrong with the thermostat, then the dryer may think it is hot, but it is actually not. If your dryer is unable to properly detect how hot the dryer is, that it may not feed up properly.

If the dryer is not getting hot enough, then the dryer will keep adding time to the cycle. One of the ways you can put a stop to this is to make sure the thermostat is working properly. A professional may be able to take a look at the thermostat and figure out if you need to replace it. 

#4 The Dryer Keeps Shutting Off

Finally, another possible reason why the dryer keeps adding time to the cycle is that it keeps shutting off. There are a number of reasons why the dryer might keep shutting off. For example, the dryer may think it is overheating, causing it to turn off from time to time. This is going to add time to the cycle because your clothes are never going to get totally dry. 

Another possible reason why the dryer might keep shutting off is that it thinks the load is too heavy. You may want to take a look and see if there are any error codes present. If you put too much laundry in your dryer, it may have a difficult time drying all of it at the same time. 

Take Care of Your Dryer 

In the end, a lot of the issues associated with your dryer come down to routine maintenance. If you want your dryer to function properly, then you need to take care of it. This starts by removing lint from the lint trap after every cycle. This will make sure your dryer is able to heat up properly, cleaning your clothes in a timely manner. 

If you think there was something wrong with one of the parts in your dryer, it is a good idea to trust a professional who can take a look at it for you. You might end up voiding your warranty if you dig around the inner workings of your dryer. Furthermore, if you trust a professional to help you fix issues with your dryer, you know they will be fixed on the first attempt.

Keep Your Dryer from Adding Time 

It can be frustrating if your dryer keeps adding time to the cycle. You have a schedule to keep, and you expect your dryer to work properly. Remember that the vast majority of dryers are going to use a sensor that will help them figure out how much moisture is left in your laundry. 

If you think there was something wrong with the dryer, you may want to call a professional to do a diagnostic check for you. That way, you can figure out if the sensor is doing its job or if there is a part that has to be swapped out.