The Importance of Airflow


Along with heat, dryers need good airflow to get the job done. The venting system plays a big role in keeping air moving and may be responsible if your dryer is not drying well. See the owner's manual for specific information on your dryer's vent system. 


  • Reduced dry times
  • Improved energy savings
  • Better overall efficiency
How to clean lint off dryer screen.

Step 1. Clean the lint screen

A blocked lint screen could be the reason your dryer is not drying. Remove lint by rolling it off with your fingers. Then clean the screen with soap and water to remove residue buildup:


1. Wet both sides of the screen with hot water.

2. Wet a nylon brush with hot water and liquid detergent. Scrub the screen.

3. Rinse with hot water.

4. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel.


How to check dryer vent if dryer not drying.

Step 2. Check the vent hose material

Look behind the dryer to make sure the vent hose is made of a heavy, rigid material. Other materials like aluminum foil and plastic can get kinked or crushed, restricting airflow.


Step 3. Check the vent hose installation


Four-inch wide dryer vent hose.

Vent width

A vent hose should be at least 4" in diameter for maximum airflow.



Proper dryer vent hose length.

Vent Length

Make sure the vent hose is as short as possible with no more than four 90° bends. 45° bends will provide even better airflow.


Step 4. Clean the vent system

A clogged vent could also be why your dryer is not drying. Use a professional service to clean the vent system, or see the instructions below to tackle it yourself.

How to clean inside the dryer vent hose.


  • Disconnect the vent hose from the dryer and the wall.

  • Vacuum lint and debris from both ends of the vent hose, along the full length.

Cleaning dryer vent duct.


  • Remove the exhaust hood from the exterior of the home.

  • Vacuum lint and debris from the hood and where the vent meets the hood.

How to clean a dryer vent.

Maytag Tip: How often to clean a dryer vent


The entire vent system should be cleaned once every two years, or more, depending on dryer use.

Laundry room.

More to try if your dryer is not drying

  • Clear away items in front of the dryer.
  • Check that fabric softener sheets aren’t blocking any air outlets.
  • Make sure the dryer is level.
  • Don’t tightly pack the dryer.
  • Get to know your dryer’s cycles in the owner’s manual.
  • Call your dryer manufacturer for help. Reach Maytag's customer care center at 800-688-2002


Unloading from a clothes dryer.

A safe moisture level for clothes

Many of today’s dryers are designed to automatically stop the cycle when clothes reach a safe moisture level. This means, to help prevent problems caused by overdrying, thicker fabrics, pockets and seams may come out slightly damp.


Learn more about auto-sensing dryers in this quick guide.


More appliance maintenance tips


Follow these steps once every thirty washes — so clean clothes come out of a clean washer.

Get step-by-step instructions on replacing your water filter.

Find out what could be causing your dishwasher to clog and learn how to tackle it head on.