If you have noticed your clothes are taking much longer to dry, there are many things that could be causing this. Before you go out and buy a new dryer, it would likely be less expensive to have your dryer repaired compared to the high prices of dryers. Below are two things that may be causing this so you can get it fixed.
One easy-to-fix thing that could be causing this problem is the lint trap screen and trap may be clogged with lint. Even if you remove the lint screen each time you dry a new set of clothes you need to check it out. This is because over time the lint can clog up the screen and you may not even notice this. Pull it out and clean any lint that may be on it and inspect it closely. If you notice lint clogged in the weave of the screen, use a vacuum cleaner hose with a soft brush attachment to clean it.
Once this is clean put a long attachment on your vacuum cleaner that is thin enough to put down the lint trap. Put it down as far as it will go and move the attachment around. This will remove any lint that may be stuck down there. Now put the lint screen back in and try your dryer out.
Dryer Vent Duct
The dryer air vent duct may be bent or clogged up, which will cause inadequate air flow. If it is very damaged, there would be no airflow at all. This is something you can easily fix yourself. Before you get started, unplug your dryer and turn the breaker off that powers the dryer. Next, pull the dryer out so you can have access to the back of it. Remove the vent duct from your dryer so you can inspect it. If you see that the duct is broken, you can use duct tape to seal up the broken areas. This will only work if the breakage is small. If it is very damaged and the breakage areas are large, you will have to replace the duct.
If the duct has no damage to it, then there may be a lot of lint inside the duct. If so, you can insert a plumber's snake into the duct to remove the lint. You also need to check the vent on the upper part, which you can access on an exterior wall or your roof. Insert the plumber's snake into the vent to remove the lint.
When you are finished, connect the duct back to the rear of your dryer, turn the power back on, and see if it dries faster.
If you continue to have problems, you need to call an appliance repair company, such as American Appliance INC, because it may be your heating element or other internal component problem.