LG Washer Dryer Combo Not Drying? Here’s What To Do

Appliance Express
March 14, 2023
Washer Repair

Washer-dryer combos are usually chosen due to their convenience in a small space. Although they are usually very reliable, you may have found that your LG washer dryer combo is no longer drying properly. Before you start panicking, take a deep breath and know that you’re not alone. This is a common issue that many people face with their LG washer dryer combos. The good news is that there are simple solutions that you can try to fix the problem and get your clothes dry in no time. 

In this article, we’ll provide you with troubleshooting tips and step-by-step instructions on how to fix your LG washer dryer combo when it’s not drying.

This article refers to the major models of LG washer dryer combos and stacked washer-dryers, including:





Overloading the machine

If you try to dry too many clothes at once, the machine may not be able to dry them all properly. Since washer dryer combos are designed to be compact, they typically have a smaller load capacity compared to standalone units. If you are not used to a combo unit you may be unintentionally putting too many clothes in to dry at once. 

Here are some tips to avoid overloading your dryer:

  • Follow the LG guidelines: Most washer-dryer combos have a recommended load capacity that you should follow. Check your owner’s manual to find out what the recommended load size is for your machine.
  • Leave some room in the drum: To ensure that your clothes dry evenly, leave some space in the drum. Overcrowding the dryer can lead to uneven drying and wrinkled clothes.
  • Separate heavy and lightweight items: If you’re drying a mix of heavy and lightweight items, it’s a good idea to separate them. Heavy items like towels and jeans take longer to dry and can make the machine work harder. Lighter items like t-shirts and underwear dry faster and can over-dry if left in for too long.
  • Use multiple cycles: If you have a large load of laundry, it’s better to split it into smaller loads and run multiple drying cycles. This ensures that your clothes dry evenly and helps to avoid overloading the machine.

Clogged dryer vent

A clogged dryer vent can prevent hot air from flowing through your washer-dryer combo, resulting in damp or wet clothes. Here’s how you can solve a clogged dryer vent in your washer-dryer combo:

  • Unplug the machine: Safety first! Always unplug your washer-dryer combo before attempting to clean the dryer vent.
  • Disconnect the vent: Locate the vent on the back of the machine and disconnect it from the wall. You may need a screwdriver to remove any screws holding the vent in place.
  • Clean the vent: Use a vent cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner to remove any lint or debris from the vent. You may need to use a flexible brush to reach all the way through the vent.
  • Clean the lint filter: While you have the machine unplugged, take the opportunity to clean the lint filter. A clean lint filter will help to prevent future clogs in the vent.
  • Reconnect the vent: Once you’ve cleaned the vent, reconnect it to the machine and secure it in place with screws if necessary.
  • Test the machine: Plug the machine back in and run a test cycle to make sure that it’s drying properly. If your clothes are still damp, you may need to repeat the cleaning process or seek the help of a qualified professional. 

Malfunctioning heating element

If you’re experiencing a malfunctioning heating element in your LG washer-dryer combo, you may notice that your clothes are not drying properly or taking longer than usual to dry. Here’s how you can solve a malfunctioning heating element in your LG washer-dryer combo:

  • Check the power source: Make sure that your washer-dryer combo is plugged in and that the circuit breaker is not tripped.
  • Check the thermal fuse: The thermal fuse is a safety feature that can shut off the heating element if it gets too hot. If the thermal fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced.
  • Test the heating element: Use a multimeter to test the heating element for continuity. If the heating element is not working, it will need to be replaced.
  • Replace the heating element: If you have determined that the heating element needs to be replaced, you can purchase a new heating element and install it yourself, or you can seek the help of a qualified technician to do the installation.
  • Test the machine: Once you have replaced the heating element, plug in your machine and run a test cycle to make sure that it’s drying properly.

Dirty or damaged lint filter

A dirty or damaged lint filter in your washer-dryer combo can lead to longer drying times and even damage your machine. Here’s how you can solve a dirty or damaged lint filter in your washer-dryer combo:

  • Locate the lint filter: The lint filter is usually located inside the dryer door or on the top of the machine. Check your owner’s manual if you’re unsure where to find it.
  • Remove the lint filter: Pull the lint filter out of the machine and inspect it for any damage or debris.
  • Clean the lint filter: If the lint filter is dirty, use a soft-bristled brush to remove any lint or debris. You can also rinse the lint filter under running water to remove any stubborn debris.
  • Check for damage: If the lint filter is damaged, it will need to be replaced. You will be able to purchase a replacement part form LG. 
  • Reinstall the lint filter: Once you’ve cleaned or replaced the lint filter, reinsert it back into the machine.
  • Test the machine: Plug in your machine and run a test cycle to make sure that it’s drying properly.

Remember, washer-dryer combo machines work a little differently than regular dryers, so make sure you are not seeing problems where there are none. It is normal for a washer-dryer combo to take a little longer to dry a load of laundry than a regular dryer, due to the smaller drum size. Make sure you look at the LG user manual to see what to expect in terms of drying time.


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