Danny, why does it take my dryer so long to dry my clothes? -April

When a dryer takes a long time to dry your clothes, often the problem is due to a buildup of lint in the dryer lint screen or vent pipe. This not only reduces the efficiency of your dryer but can be a major fire hazard as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, dryers cause as many as 15,000 fires a year, with most resulting from dryer lint or improper venting.

To remedy the problem, check your vent pipe and the flexible hose for crimps or obstructions. Then clean it with a specially made brush, or remove the hose and clean it by hand. It’s also important to clean the dryer lint screen every time you run a load.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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