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darsunt 01-30-2012 01:00 AM

Problem with in wall dryer duct.
Our condo has a washer and dryer closet in the kitchen. The exit duct for the dryer enters back wall of the closet at a level of 2 feet above the floor, and inside the wall runs straight up to the ceiling, where it makes a 90 degree turn and then runs horizontally about 6-8 feet inside the ceiling (above a downstairs shower stall) to the outside wall.
With a moisture detector I found there is a lot of moisture in the wall along the vertical section of the duct. Since the previous owner did not hook up his dryer to this duct, I was worried the pipe had somehow ruptured inside the wall and spewed moist air in the wall space for years, forcing the former owner to abandon this duct.
A neighbor told me that this was a common problem, because of poor design moisture settles downward in the pipe and in the walls. He suggests the duct isn't broken inside the wall at all.
What do you guys think? We are planning to install a new washer and dryer, betting the pipe is intact, do you guys think this is a good idea?

plummen 01-30-2012 02:57 AM

Can you get access to the attic where the pipe comes up the wall to shine a light down inside it? :)

darsunt 01-30-2012 10:33 AM

No, there is a second floor, the pipe is between the floor and the ceiling.

hvac5646 01-30-2012 10:40 AM

Albo Andy built another condo I see.

darsunt 02-02-2012 11:17 AM

I don't get the joke

joecaption 02-02-2012 12:23 PM

It's a very poor layout for a dryer vent. Way to long and to many turns.
Must take a long time for the clothes to dry.

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