Reasons Why Your Samsung Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry


Samsung makes amazing products. From the latest and greatest technology on their phones to smart connectivity features on their home appliances. However, problems can arise and if you have a Samsung dryer, you may have faced one. When it comes to home appliances like dryers, it’s best to have professionals repair them by searching for “dryer repair near me”. However, sometimes you can troubleshoot minor problems on your own. Let’s check out why your Samsung dryer takes too long to dry and how to fix the issue:

The Reasons

  1. Power problem – Your Samsung dryer may take too long to dry the laundry if it takes too long to heat up. In this scenario, low power is the usual culprit. If you have an electric dryer, it needs a 240V connection instead of the standard 120V. So, if you have plugged the dryer into a 120V socket, it won’t draw enough power. On the other hand, while gas dryers plug into the regular 120V socket, there may be an issue with the gas line that goes into your home.

If you have an electric dryer, make sure that you have a 240V connection installed in your home and your dryer is plugged in the right socket. If you own a gas dryer, you should have your gas line connection checked by a professional to make sure everything is in order. Moreover, it’s best to avoid extension cords to plug in power-hungry appliances like dryers, washers, microwave ovens, and refrigerators. They may fail to deliver adequate voltage efficiently.

  1. Broken Washer – Sometimes the reason behind a dryer’s inefficiency may not be related to the dryer at all. If you have a faulty washer that doesn’t do a good job at wrinkling out most of the moisture from the fabric and leaves clothes too wet, you can’t blame your Samsung dryer. A washer is designed to eliminate most of the water from the fabric after it completes its washing cycle. If your clothes are dripping wet after coming out of the washer, there’s something wrong. Check the washer settings to make sure that you programmed the appropriate spin cycle. For instance, if you throw in the regular laundry load and set the washer at hand wash or gentle setting, the drum isn’t going to spin fast enough to get rid of all the moisture at the end. If the washer settings are fine, then you may want a professional to take a look at the washer.
  1. Too many items – Overloading anything reduces its efficiency. It’s true for trucks and the same holds for Samsung dryers as well. Your dryer is going to use multiple cycles to dry your clothes if it’s overloaded. Too many fabrics in the dryer would leave little to no room for hot air circulation. Hence the clothes closest to the hot air vents are dried while the rest of the laundry remains wet. That’s why you need to use more than one cycle to dry your clothes. Refer to the user manual of your Samsung dryer and check the exact capacity of the model. It’s best to fill up the dryer at 75 percent capacity to optimize air circulation.
  1. Wrong setting – Your Samsung dryer will fail to work as intended if you choose the wrong setting. If you don’t choose the right drying cycle, your clothes are not going to dry quickly. Some dryers use power-saving settings like “Eco” modes that use less power and less heat to dry your clothes. However, that setting is only recommended if you’re drying a very small load. For regular laundry load, it’s best to switch to the regular drying cycle and turn off “Eco” mode. If you have a Samsung Dryer with the “Sensor Dry” feature that changes the heating cycle according to the humidity level in the drum, you may have trouble with mixed loads. This happens since heavy items like jeans and jackets would stay at the rear of the drum due to centrifugal force while light items would dry quickly and confuse the humidity sensor. That’s why you should only use the “Sensor Dry” feature when all the items are similar.
  1. Clogged exhaust vent – If your dryer hasn’t received regular servicing, the exhaust vent may be clogged with lint. Otherwise, it may be positioned improperly. In either case, airflow takes a hit and it results in a longer drying time. To fix this issue, inspect the vent properly and gently straighten any kinks with a plier or by hand. If there is no problem with the vent’s position, deep cleaning the vent may solve the issue. Use a nylon brush with long and moderately firm bristles and vacuum the lint as it comes off. Make sure that you unplug the dryer while cleaning it. You should get the dryer serviced and cleaned routinely since a clogged dryer is a fire hazard that can burn down your home. 
  1. Clogged filters – Lint from the laundry fibers is also trapped by the lint filters. This is the first line of defense before lint reaches and clogs the exhaust vent. That’s why you should clean the lint filters every month. Otherwise, poor airflow would limit your dryer from working to its full potential. Fortunately cleaning the filters is simpler than cleaning vents. Unplug the dryer and open the dryer door to locate the lint filter. It usually sits at the front of the dryer drum. Clean the filter with a paper towel. If the lint layer is thick enough you can also peel it off with your hand. After that place the filter back in its original position.


Now that you know about the things that may be responsible for absurdly long drying times, you should be able to troubleshoot them yourself. If the repair is too complicated, it’s best to leave it to the professionals by searching for “dryer repair near me”. DIY-ing your way through a repair may cause underlying damage and may also violate warranty terms.