Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Appliances

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-01-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2
Share |
Default

Question about Dryer Vent


Hi everyone, I just joined the site, and hope I'm posting in the right section (wasn't exactly sure where to post this question).

The the wife and I just moved into our town home and bought a new electric dyer this past week. We have had difficulty with the dryer not fully drying the clothes. The dryer is on high heat (the unit does get pretty toasty), and runs for an hour, yet the clothes come out wet/damp. In fact, it took nearly 3 hours to get a small load of shirts, socks, etc. to fully dry.

Naturally, since the unit was brand new, and was generating decent heat, I suspected the dryer vent was clogged. After an unsuccessful attempt to blow out any debris with my shop-vac, I decided to inspect the vent itself from outside the home. Upon removing the outside cover, I discovered the corrugated tube connecting to my dryer was simply laying inside the gap between the upstairs floor joists (please see attached image). As you can tell from the image, there is a fair amount of dryer lint laying in this little space.

Is this normal operating procedure when installing a dryer exhaust vent (blowing flammable lint into the frame of the home)?

Thanks



EarlW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 25,548
Default

Question about Dryer Vent


Hardly think so. It should have been soild pipe and ran all the way to the outside of the building.
No screws or rivits, just foil tape on the joints.

joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: WV
Posts: 2,857
Default

Question about Dryer Vent


Lint's not the only issue. All that warm, moist air is a recipe for mold growth. Can't tell for sure from your picture, but it looks like the vent hose is the flexible white stuff (at least part of it). That should all be replaced - it too easily traps lint and I believe isn't legal any more. I don't think you can even buy it.
md2lgyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 10:14 AM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2
Default

Question about Dryer Vent


Thanks for the replies.

Yes, it is a plastic corrugated tube--the entire length from the dryer to the point shown in the photo, actually. I too have heard they are illegal because of their lint trapping potential. Also, if you notice there is a small piece of wood poking through the tube. I'm sure that doesn't help either.

The warm air/moisture creation was certainly another major concern, as I suffer from asthma and the mold growth can cause breathing problems. To add to that, the structural damage that could occur from rotting wood. The wood doesn't appear terribly rotted, so fortunately this hasn't gone on too long.

I have contacted the landlord to have them look into what I thought was a simple clogging issue. However, after doing a bit more research last night, I will be changing my request a bit, and bumping up the level of urgency a bit. Even if the dryer worked like magic, I wouldn't be using it as it--not after seeing the vent hose where it is.

Thanks again for the replies everyone.
EarlW is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dryer vent leaking imhotep Roofing/Siding 7 12-28-2011 03:54 PM
Dryer vent butterfly damper safe? TryHard Appliances 9 01-17-2011 02:44 AM
attach bathroom fan vent to dryer vent hohadcr HVAC 9 03-08-2010 05:58 PM
very clogged dryer vent. Not just lint catman Tools 4 04-20-2009 04:48 PM
Venting bathroom vent thru dryer duct jredrocker HVAC 2 09-27-2008 10:25 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.