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Old 08-03-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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My dryer vent goes up to the 2nd level and then over to the outside and it takes me over 3 hours to dry a regular load of laundry. I clean the vent out all the time, but it does not help. My dryer is only 1 year old. Any suggestions on what I need to do to cut my drying time down. I have had this problem ever since we moved in 5 years ago.

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Is it Gas or Electric? If electric you might have a broken element in the dryer.

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It is electric. My other dryer did the same thing and this dryer has been doing it since I bought it new a year ago. I am wondering if I can move my vent. I really think this is the issue, but am not sure of costs.
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How long is your vent? Also how many 90 degree bends does it have?

There is a code that says your pipe can only be so long and if it has elbows the max distance decreases.

You said your vent goes up to the 2nd floor, is your dryer on the 1st floor or the basement?
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"My dryer vent goes up to the 2nd level and then over to the outside". That statement alone tells me the vent run it probably too long. First, go out to where the dryer vent discharges outside the house and see if you think there is adequate air flow there, I'll bet it's very little. Next, IF you can take the vent hose apart neat the dryer, do so. Then put a pair of pantyhose, or one hose, on the vent hose, dry a load of clothes and see if it's any better. If it is then read on. If not, it may be an element gone bad. I agree with looking into finding a shorter route for the vent hose to reduce the drag on the hot air as it is vented out. OR, IF your vent hose is one of those flexible type, such as the white plastic, or aluminum style, and you cannot re-route the hose: Then look into using aluminum hard piping duct for this. This type duct can be found at most big box DIY stores around here. O.K., so you are not a sheet metal mechanic, and this is not rocket science either. Look at the present routing, imagine all the straight runs as straight sheet metal, all of the bends to be either 90 or a flexible bend, and if you can imagine/see it- -you can do it. So many places to "Google" to find better instructions on this.
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My dryer is on the 1st floor. There are two angles, also there is a lot of moisture around the outside part of the vent, I am not sure if this means anything. Do I need to call a plumber about changing my vent?
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There is a lot of things to consider in this that we can not see threw the computer. Do you have a basement that would make the run shorter? Is there any other way to run the vent so it will be shorter? You might want to call a plumber or hvac company and get their opinion on your best options since they can look at your house and see what is involved in moving the vent.

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