Admiral Gas Dryer
The big control knob on the left of the instrument panel has 4 separate quadrants. Three of them are time-controlled dry cycles. You can choose either high heat, low heat or no-heat (a fluff setting). Each of these cycles can go up to 30 minutes, with about 10 minutes of that set aside for a cool-down.The knob on the left hand side of the instrument panel, with the 3 timed cycles and the one automatic drying cycle.
The fourth quadrant is for automatic drying (what the dryer calls "auto sense drying"). The dryer is supposed to sense the level of humidity in the exhaust air and adjust the drying time and temperature accordingly. The markings on this quadrant go from less dry all the way to very dry, and the user manual recommends using the "energy preferred" setting in the middle. The spring-loaded knob on the right hand side simply needs to be pushed in to start the dryer. It has no other purpose.
The dryer does its job pretty well. The three loads I dried all came out completely dry within about an hour each. Two of these loads were full washer loads, and the third was about three-quarters of a washer load. The top of the dryer gets toasty when it runs, but there is no appreciable noise from the rotation of the drum. I opened the dryer in the middle of a dry cycle, and was assaulted by billows of steam from the inside, as if I had opened a pressure cooker.
I dried one load at the energy-preferred setting, and at the end of the cycle, some of the heavier clothes in the load, and places like the elastic bands of sweat pants in the load, were a little damp. So, I used the timed dry on the high-heat setting for about 15 minutes to finish off the drying. The other two loads were dried using the automatic dryer setting of "very dry", and they came out completely dry. I have never tried the no-heat and low-heat settings of the dryer.
I do have some gripes about this dryer though. The first is the absence of a drum light to light up the interior of the dryer. The 15-year old dryer which this replaced had such a light. I have gotten so used to it that the first couple of times, I would walk into the laundry room without the light on, open the dryer, then realize I was not going to be able to see anything, walk back to the light switch and switch on the room light. It is an annoyance, for sure.
The second and more substantial gripe is the placement and design of the lint screen. My old dryer had a lint screen just below the door of the dryer. When I opened the dryer door to load it, I would clear the lint screen before loading it. I didn't have to remove the lint screen from the dryer to clean it up in most cases.A look at the enormous lint screen, after being pulled out from the dryer. Before every load, you are supposed to pull this out, clean it up and put it back in.
In the new dryer, the lint screen is located in the back of the dryer, not in the door. You get to the screen by pulling it out from inside the dryer through an opening on top of the dryer. It is a pretty large lint screen, and it fits quite tightly where it does. As you pull up the lint screen, there is a good possibility lint will fall of the screen back into the vent which is supposed to be protected from lint by the screen. Moreover, even if you get all the lint out, stuck to the lint screen without any of it falling off, the entire top of the dryer gets very dusty from all the lint and it has to be cleaned off every time. It is a royal pain in the neck.The lint screen handle at the back of the top of the dryer. You can not be shy about pulling on this handle if you want to get the screen out for cleaning. I am glad the dryer is somewhat heavy, otherwise it might require two people to clean the lint screen, one to pull this handle, and the other hold the dryer in place while the first one is pulling on it! The knob above it is the one you push in to start the dryer.
Putting the lint screen back into the dryer is somewhat tricky too because of the tight fit, and more than once I have stopped half-way through thinking that it wasn't going in smoothly because I was doing something wrong. Turns out, I was doing nothing wrong. But some idiot at Whirlpool sure did something wrong, designing a dryer with a lint screen like this!
I would be happy to recommend this dryer to prospective buyers if not for the design of the lint screen. I am quite unhappy with the effort required to clean the lint filter before every load, and the effort required to then clean up the dryer and surrounding areas because of the inability to collect the lint cleanly off the filter without pulling it out, vibrating it, and causing lots of lint to fall all over the place. And any lint that falls into the vent, that does not come out through the vent outside the house is stuck somewhere in the vent line until you clean it out. The manual does encourage you to clean out the entire vent line every two years. It would be quite unnecessary if they had designed it correctly instead of cheaply.
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