Check your dryer for good air movement

Efficiently running dryers can make a difference in the amount of energy that’s used to dry your load of laundry. One key factor to ensuring best drying performance with your dryer is ensuring that it has good air flow as poor air flow can increase drying times or leave loads wet or damp.

Good air flow is particularly important when it comes to removing the moisture from the clothing. When the dryer does this, it exhausts the damp air at the end of the cycle; however, the dryer can’t do this if there’s a problem with your outside exhaust hood, which is why it’s important to check this in addition to checking the lint screen.

The exhaust hood is located on the exterior of your house and there are three different types: angled hood, boxed hood, and louvered hood. To check the air movement that’s coming from the exhaust hood, follow these steps:

  • Set the dryer to run for five to 10 minutes in the air dry section of the timer panel.
  • Press the start button.
  • While the dryer is running, go to the exhaust hood outside to check for air movement.
  • Place your hand in front of the exhaust hood to feel for air movement.

You’ll know if the exhaust is emitting good air movement if it feels similar to the air that comes from a hair dryer on high speed.

Poor air movement is indicative of a clog at the exhaust hood or within the exhaust vent system. When there is a clog, moist air becomes trapped and extends drying time.

Exhaust hoods can easily become clogged with dried lint, overgrown landscaping, leaves, mulch or now, or small animal nests. If your exhaust hood is clogged, remove the blockage and re-test the air movement.

If your laundry loads remain damp or drying time doesn’t improve, check the internal exhaust vent system in your home to see if the problem exists there instead.

For more tips that can help prevent wear & tear on your appliances, visit or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.