When you invest in a Bosch dryer you expect it to deliver with dry clothes in a reasonable amount of time. So when your Bosch dryer takes too long to dry it can dampen your spirits as well as your clothes. But don’t despair; sometimes cleaning your lint screen or moisture sensor is all it takes to fix a Bosch dryer not drying completely.
5 Reasons Why Bosch Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry
We depend on our appliances so much that when they don’t perform we often fear the worst. But our Bosch tumble dryer troubleshooting reveals that when a dryer takes too long these common reasons have simple fixes.
Overloading with Clothes
Overloading your dryer is one of the most common reasons you have a dryer taking multiple cycles to dry. With so many clothes crammed into the dryer, the hot air has limited room to circulate and drying takes longer. Not to mention that too many clothes can strain your dryer components and pave the way for a breakdown.
We recommend referring to your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s guidelines re: your dryer’s capacity. Adhering to these guidelines and drying two loads instead of one that is overloaded can save you time and a repair.
Lint Screen Needs Cleaning
Warm dryer air picks up lint as it tumbles clothes. The lint screen in your dryer prevents this lint from being trapped in your dryer vent. A buildup of lint in the screen limits air circulation and could by why your Bosch dryer takes too long to dry. But lint buildup could also cause lint to accumulate in your dryer vent, putting you at risk for a dangerous dryer fire.
Since the lint screen is your first line of defense in preventing this outcome, it’s recommended that you clean your lint screen after every drying cycle. This is easily done by removing the screen and peeling away any lint with your hand or a paper towel before replacing it.
Clogged Dryer Vents
Even if you clean your lint screen regularly, lint and other debris can accumulate in your dryer vents over time. While clogged dryer vents are a common reason why your Bosch dryer takes too long to dry, they’re also a common source of dryer fires. We recommend cleaning your dryer vent once or twice a year with these simple steps:
- Move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the power source.
- Remove the lint screen and vacuum out the area around the screen with a narrow hose attachment.
- Disconnect dryer ductwork and vacuum inside it with the narrow hose attachment. You can also use a dryer brush kit.
- Vacuum or brush away any lint from around the ductwork, as well as the duct on the outside of the house.
- Reassemble ductwork.
- Reconnect dryer.
Moisture Sensor Needs Cleaning
A dryer’s moisture sensor monitors the dampness in clothes and adjusts the drying time, preventing over or under drying. The moisture sensor is typically located near the lint filter and, over time, can become dirty with lint and other debris. When this happens it can’t accurately sense the dampness in clothes, resulting in a longer drying cycle.
Fortunately, cleaning the moisture sensor can restore its function. We suggest wiping it down with a cloth dampened with water and white vinegar to remove lint and residue. Allow the sensor to dry completely before replacing it.
Broken Dryer Heater
This is one of the most common causes of a Bosch tumble dryer not drying properly. The heating element in your dryer is what warms the air before it enters the dryer drum. It’s located behind the dryer drum or behind a separate panel in the back of the dryer. Over time, it can wear out and you’ll notice your Bosch dryer not heating appropriately.
A broken dryer heater cannot often be repaired and will need to be replaced. We recommend using a professional service for this complex repair.
Advance Appliance Service has long been the Nashville area’s first choice for a professional Bosch dryer repair service. If your Bosch dryer takes too long to dry even after trying these methods, give us a call to set up a repair.