6 Reasons Why Your Samsung Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry

6 Reasons Why Your Samsung Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry


Long drying times can make laundry day drag on forever, resulting in a buildup of wet clothes. What’s really going on when your Samsung dryer doesn’t dry sufficiently? We’ll troubleshoot more reasons why your Samsung dryer takes too long to dry and how you can avoid long laundry days.

Samsung Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry? This Could Be Why

When your Samsung dryer takes too long to dry, a minor adjustment or some simple maintenance often solves the problem. These common reasons have solutions that are easy to implement so your dryer runs optimally again.

1. Dryer Power Issue

Is your Samsung dryer not heating enough during a drying cycle? Start by checking your power source. An electric dryer requires a 240v outlet to receive enough power for drying. While a gas dryer utilizes a standard, 120v outlet, it needs a proper gas line connection to receive adequate power.

Here’s how to assess dryer power issues:

  • Make sure an electric dryer is properly plugged in to a 240v outlet.
  • Utilize a professional service to assess the gas connection for gas dryers.
  • Avoid using an extension cord to power a gas or electric dryer. They can’t safely provide the voltage a dryer needs to operate.

2. Drying Too Many Items

Overloading is a common reason a Samsung dryer takes 2 cycles to dry clothes. If there’s too much clothing in the dryer, hot air can’t circulate properly and drying times will be longer. Check your use and care manual to determine the exact capacity for your model dryer. We recommend filling it only ¾ of the way full, with one wash load at a time, to allow for adequate air circulation.

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3. Clothes Are Too Wet

Sometimes a washer issue is to blame when your Samsung dryer takes too long to dry. If clothes are soaking wet when they’re placed in the dryer, they’ll take longer to completely dry. A washer’s spin cycle should eliminate enough water from clothing so items are not dripping wet when they enter the dryer.

Check your washer setting to make sure it includes an adequate spin cycle. If the washer was mistakenly set to a gentle or hand wash cycle, the spin speed may not be sufficient for a standard laundry load. If you used the correct setting and clothes are still excessively wet, a washer malfunction may be responsible.

4. Incorrect Cycle Selected

If your Samsung dryer doesn’t dry clothes as expected, make sure you’ve selected the correct drying cycle. Some Samsung dryers have an “Eco Setting” that utilizes less heat to dry clothes. This can result in damp clothing at the end of a standard drying time.

Check your settings to make sure you’ve selected the right one for your wash load, turning the Eco Setting off if desired. If using a Sensor Dry cycle, you can set a higher dry level to correspond to the needs of a specific load.

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5. Need to Clean Dryer Lint Trap

Lint results when the dryer’s hot air and tumbling detach small clothing fibers. These fibers make their way to the dryer’s lint trap, which prevents them from clogging the exhaust vent. However, if the lint trap isn’t cleaned after each drying cycle, accumulated lint can limit airflow and elongate drying times.

Here’s how to clean the lint filter if you find your Samsung dryer heating but not drying:

  • Open the dryer door.
  • Pull out the lint filter from the front of the dryer drum.
  • Use a paper towel or your hand to peel the lint off the filter.
  • Remove any lint from the filter compartment.
  • Replace the filter and close the door.

6. Clogged Dryer Exhaust Vent

Even with regular lint trap cleanings, a dryer exhaust vent can become clogged with lint over time. In other instances, the vent may be kinked or positioned improperly. Both cases can result in limited airflow and longer drying times. Inspect the exhaust vent, gently straightening any kinks. Make sure it’s positioned at a 45° angle to ensure adequate airflow. If the exhaust vent is properly positioned, a thorough cleaning can restore proper drying times.

Follow these steps to clean the exhaust vent when your Samsung dryer takes too long to dry:

  • Disconnect the venting from the dryer and the wall
  • Use a soft nylon brush or a narrow hose vacuum attachment to remove lint from both ends of the venting.
  • Remove the exhaust hood from the exterior of your home.
  • Vacuum or brush away any lint and debris from the venting and where it attaches to the hood.
  • Replace the exhaust hood and reconnect the venting to the wall and dryer inside.
  • Repeat these steps annually to prevent vent clogs.

The team at Lake Appliance Repair are the laundry appliance experts. Whether you need a dryer repair service or some dryer sheet cleaning hacks, we have the answers!