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Old 04-06-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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hi there,

well, i have an old dryer, maybe from the late 80s or early 90s or something.
never really dried the clothes well, but for awhile i suspected it was because the washing machine had to discharge so high up that maybe it wasn't pumping anything out.

anyway, i installed a check valve, didn't really do much.
lately i've been having to run th e dryer for TWO cycles, one for a max of about 70 minutes, and then another 30 minutes at least to get the clothes dry.

the most recent thing is that the vent hose quickly becomes FULL of water. it's probably 12' or so across the floor, then goes vertical for about 5' and out a window.


so, what are my problems here? is the dryer simply no longer serviceable? do i need to shorten my vent hose? is it the washing machine?

get a new dryer?

thanks for any help.

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Old 04-06-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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Adding the check valve is probably doing more harm then good.

Is it an electric or gas drier.

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Adding the check valve is probably doing more harm then good.

Is it an electric or gas drier.

the check valve is on the washing machine discharge, obviously, and not the dryer.
this is because the washer is in the basement and the only place to connect to drain is up in the ceiling about 6' up.

the dryer is electric.

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I knew what you installed the check valve on.

The check valve restricts/hinders the washers ability to remove/pump out water. So your cloths are probably wetter then they were before.
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I knew what you installed the check valve on.

The check valve restricts/hinders the washers ability to remove/pump out water. So your cloths are probably wetter then they were before.
well, maybe.
without it, though, it seemed worse. basically 6' of hose full of water falls back into the tub after the pump stops. is what it seemed like.

first i had a spring check valve on. when i first installed it it seemed to make a big difference, but then there was a leak issue from the bottom of the machine. i worried the spring required too much pressure to open, so i switched it to a simple flap style. all it takes is a slight breath to open the flap, so i have a hard time believing it's causing any restriction. but maybe.

thanks for the input.
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