I did several loads of laundry over the weekend, but I noticed the sheets took for.ev.er. to dry. Then I washed Tully's first load of outfits one evening and woke up the next morning to a bunch of damp blue onesies in my dryer. Grrrr. I can't imagine the price someone would charge to come out to fix a dryer, so I was on a mission to fix it myself.
Step 1. Make sure lint screen is clean.
Step 2. Pull dryer away from wall to make sure vent, gas line, and power are all correctly connected. I hooked the washer and dryer up when we moved into the house several years ago, so I actually knew what I was looking at. (Go me!) Lines looked good.
Step 3. Call dad before taking anything apart.
Step 4. Brainstorm possible problems.
Step 5. Conclude that vent line may be blocked somewhere, since the dryer is still getting some heat, just not enough to dry anything.
Step 6. Go outside to check vent outlet.
Step 7. Find vent outlet COMPLETELY covered in 3+ feet of snow. (Technically I had already dug out the area on the right where the vent was located when I took the photo, but you get the idea. This whole area was solid snow when I started.)
Step 8. Clear snow from area around vent.
See the little off-white vent under all those black and gray lines? The individuals who designed and constructed our house need to have their heads examined. I had to dig this area out by hand.
Step 9. Play with dog in snow. (Okay, so this step isn't really necessary, but my little helper was just dying to have some fun.)
Step 10. Go back inside, restart dryer and check for high heat and lots of air flow.