You lead a busy life, so you expect your home appliances to deliver for you, saving you a significant amount of time. This includes your dryer, so it can be frustrating if your dryer is not doing its job. If you find that your clothes are continuously wet when you pulled them out of a dryer, there is a chance that the dryer is simply not getting hot enough to dry your clothing.

There are several possible reasons why your dryer might not be getting hot enough to dry your clothes. Perhaps the dryer is overloaded, or maybe there is something wrong with the heating element. Regardless, it is important for you to be familiar with the most common reasons why your dryer is not getting hot. That way, you can troubleshoot this issue as quickly as possible.

Take a look at a few of the most common reasons why your dryer is not getting hot. Some of these issues you may be able to solve on your own, but there are other situations where it might be better to reach out to a professional who can help you. What do you need to know about dryer heating problems? 

The Top 8 Reasons Why Your Dryer Is Not Getting Hot Enough

There are several possible reasons why your dryer might not be getting hot enough to dry your clothes. A few of the most common reasons include: 

#1 The Dryer Is Not Plugged In

Even though this might seem obvious, you might be surprised at how many people forget to plug the dryer in. You need to make sure the dryer is plugged in before it will get hot. Of course, if there is no power flowing to the dryer, it will not function properly. 

You should take a look behind the dryer and make sure the power cord is not kinked. Then, make sure the plug is in the wall completely. Depending on the type of dryer you have, the power cord might need to be in a specific outlet.

If you are confident your dryer is plugged in, but it is still not getting hot, you may want to take a look at the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker has been tripped, then the dryer might not have any power flowing to it. You could flip the circuit breaker back on and see if the dryer will run. If the circuit breaker flips off again, you need to take a look at the appliances plugged into the outlet. You may be overloading that area. 

Finally, if the dryer is plugged in and the circuit breakers are not tripped, there might be an issue with the connection between the cord and the dryer. Take a closer look at the area where the power cord joins the dryer. There might be a fraying cord somewhere. 

#2 The Dryer Is Overloaded

One of the most common reasons why your dryer is not getting hot is that it is overloaded. Even though you want the dryer to dry your clothes as quickly as possible, you need to refrain from stuffing your dryer full. If the dryer is too full, the heat is not going to circulate properly to the dryer. As a result, your clothes are not going to get dry. 

You should take a look at the manual and see what the recommended load is for the dryer. Try to stay under this limit if you want your dryer to operate properly. Remember that your clothes are going to be significantly heavier if you put them in the dryer when they are still wet.

Even though this might seem counterintuitive, your dryer is going to dry your clothes more quickly if you break it up into smaller loads. If you have a lot of clothes you need to dry, consider dividing your laundry into smaller portions.

Worried woman taking clothes out of the dryer
Sometimes we make the mistake of overloading the dryer to save time.. instead, we get the opposite result!

#3 There Is a Clogged Vent Somewhere

You may have noticed that airflow plays a critical role in getting your clothes completely dry. Therefore, you must do everything you can to ensure hot air is blowing throughout the dryer. One of the ways you can do that is to take a closer look at the air vent and duct.

If the air vent to your dryer is completely clogged, the air is not going to flow through this spinning drum. Furthermore, your motor is going to have to work harder to dry your clothes, causing the motor to burn out more quickly.

To check the air vents, unplug the dryer and pull it away from the wall. Then, remove the cover of the dryer vent and take a closer look at the vent. There’s a good chance there is a significant amount of lint built up in the dryer. 

Therefore, you should completely clean the air vent and reconnect it to the dryer. Then, plug the dryer back in and see if it starts working properly. You should clean your dryer vents from time to time to make sure the dryer is working properly. 

#4 The Door Is Not Closed All the Way

Another possible reason why your dryer is not getting hot enough is tha the door is not closed all the way. The door has to be completely closed before the dryer has turned on. You should feel an audible click when you close the dryer door. If you do not feel this sensation, then the door is not completely closed.

If you are having a difficult time getting the dryer door to close, you need to take a closer look at the latch. First, make sure there are no clothes in the way. If clothes are in the way of the latch, the door is not going to close. 

If there are no clothes in the way, then you should take a look at the latch and see if it is busted. There is a chance that you may need to replace the door latch to fix the issue. Take a look at the manual and see what kind of latch is recommended. You might be able to fix this issue on your own by ordering a new door latch.

#5 The Lint Trip Is Too Dirty

Furthermore, you must make sure you clean the lint trap after every load. The lint trap is responsible for removing dryer lint, making sure it does not clog the vents. If you do not clean the lint trap after every load, the air is not going to circulate properly through your clothing. Therefore, you should take a few minutes and clean the lint trap before you put your clothes in the dryer. 

If you need help removing the lint from your lint trap, consider using a magic wand. That way, you can collect all of the lint before you put your clothes in the dryer. A magic wand might also do a better job removing the lint completely from the trap itself.

#6 The Clothes Are Too Wet When You Put Them In

Even though this might seem counterintuitive, there is a chance that your clothes are too wet when you put them in the dryer. Your dryer has not been designed to completely dry clothes that are soaked all the way through. That is why your washing machine spins rapidly, removing a significant portion of the water before you put your clothes in the dryer. 

If you put clothes that are completely soaked in the dryer, a normal cycle is not going to do it. Even though you may be able to play with the settings on the dryer to get your clothes to dry, this is going to force the motor to work too hard. This will probably end up shortening the lifespan of your dryer.

Therefore, you should take a closer look at your washing machine and make sure you have it set to spin your clothes dry before you put them in the dryer. That way, your clothes are not completely soaked when you put them in the dryer, reducing the stress on the drying cycle.

Wet clothes in a basket
 Not only will the clothes end up wrinkled, damp, or even still wet, it can overwork the drum, bearings, heating elements and cause the unit to breakdown.

#7 The Heating Element Is Burnt Out

You may also want to take a closer look at the heating element. The heating element is responsible for increasing the temperature of your dryer. There is a chance the heating element might be burnt out. If you have an electric dryer, your air is heated using an electric heating element. If you have a gas dryer, there is a gas burner that is responsible for heating the air.

Both of these elements can burn out from time to time. If that is the case, you may need to order a replacement. You should take a look at the manual to figure out where the heating element is located. Then, make sure the heating element is not blocked by any debris. You should also make sure the heating element is not touching any other electrical components. 

You may be able to use a multimeter to see if there is still power flowing to the heating element. If you are not getting any electrical conductivity, you may need to replace the heating element. You should reach out to a professional who can help you. It might not be worth it to replace the heating element if your dryer is old. You could be better off getting a new machine.

#8 The Drive Belt Is Busted

Finally, you may need to take a closer look at the drive belt as well. The vast majority of dryers have a tumbling feature that makes sure the clothes are dried evenly. Is tumbling motion is powered by a drive belt. It is similar to the drive belt that is present in your car. If the drive belt is not working properly, the motor is not going to spend as it should. 

It can be a challenge to take apart the dryer to access the drive belt. You may be able to learn more about your drive belt by taking a look at the manual. Every dryer is constructed differently, so you will want to use the manual as a guide.

If you have gotten this far down the list, it is probably worth it to reach out to a professional who can conduct an inspection of your dryer. That way, you can figure out if the drive belt is burned out or if there is something else that might be wrong with the motor. If you need to order a new drive belt for the dryer, you should compare the cost of this replacement part to the cost of a new dryer. You might be better off getting a new dryer. 

Make Sure You Address These Issues as Quickly as Possible

These are just a few of the many reasons why your dryer might not be getting hot enough. Remember to check and make sure your dryer is plugged in, and try to avoid overloading your dryer. You should also make sure that you clean your lint trap after every load.

If you have done all of these things and your dryer is still not getting hot enough, you may need to take a look at the manual to see what else might be wrong. You may want to take a closer look at the drive belt, and there is a chance the heating element might be out. Even though you might be able to fix some of these issues on your own, you should consider reaching out to a professional.

A professional might be able to fix the problem faster, and you don’t want to dig around in your dryer and risk voiding your warranty. Of course, you always need to put safety first. If you can repair your dryer, you can make sure your clothes smell nice and fresh when you pull them out.