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check your dryer duct periodically! #5463066 06/26/20 07:30 AM
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Recently bought a house in FL, washer and dryer in the garage. The dryer took FOREVER to dry loads, towels would take close to 2 hours. I figured before I bought a new dryer I'd check the duct. White vinyl/plasticy duct material wadded up behind the dryer, half full of lint. Cleaned that out, cleaned out the dryer, put in a straight piece of 4 inch semi-rigid pipe right out the exit at the wall. It's like a new dryer, dries beach towel load in 40 minutes, and not even on high heat. The main issue is, we could very readily have had a fire if I hadn't checked, and corrected this.


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Thanks for the heads-up.
I check every appliance yearly in my house.

Dryer - I recently changed the Burner Tube (gas goes in / flame comes out) and the Igniter.

Because of this Virus, I spent some time figuring out what all the components do.
Should make the next repair easier.


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Re: check your dryer duct periodically! [Re: CincyDavid] #5463074 06/26/20 07:41 AM
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Oh yeah they can get filled up pretty bad.

When we finally get done with the bathroom remodel, we're going to have the dryer against an exterior wall and straight pipe through the wall. Should work pretty well.


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Re: check your dryer duct periodically! [Re: CincyDavid] #5463075 06/26/20 07:42 AM
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True. Coincidentally I just had my dryer and bathrooms outside vents cleaned last week. Birds nests in both of them. They’re the type that have those horizontal louvers that open and close but determined birds can force them open and climb in. Had bird cages installed to prevent future problems.

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CD, Good Hint.

Also If it's a long run of piping- don't forget a water trap.


My wife made me clean ours last month. It wasn't too bad as I had just replaced the collapsible Vinyl hose with a Foil hose.
a couple years earlier.

More suggestions: Don't clean the lint trap every use; A little layer of fluff on there will help filter out the fine fuzzies

And do consider as Electric Dryers are a monumental waste of electricity.

Set up a Clothesline in the good weather. We had a rope and sheave running from our 2nd story bedroom porch a tree 30 ft out in the yard.

Too modern a man for that?

No! now more than ever is the best time to use free sun power.


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Re: check your dryer duct periodically! [Re: CincyDavid] #5463077 06/26/20 07:44 AM
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Bravo Smart man thumbsup

pretty much same thing goes for cabin filters and poor A/C performance. As always check the little stuff first, before messing with the big $$$$ Stuff lol


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I do like older appliances too...these are older Kenmore, very simple, very robust and will likely last for many more years, unlike the 2 year old GE front load washer and fancy dryer at the other house.


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Re: check your dryer duct periodically! [Re: CincyDavid] #5463082 06/26/20 07:50 AM
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Agree about the lint. Every 2 years, or more, depending on your family size can’t hurt.

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I’ve seen some service vans around here advertising this service. Where it’s the main thing they do. The epitome of preventative maintenance. Helps prevent your house from burning to the ground. Supposedly took out a house across the street from me years ago. It had to be completely rebuilt.

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Thanks! I needed this reminder since it's something i always forget to do.


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I live in an HOA. Clotheslines are a no no.

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One of the apartment buildings I own is an 8 unit and has a common laundry in the basement. The owner before me installed a duct shut off at the dryer. Then right past that is a 2 inch tee with a cap. Pull the cap off, close the shut off to the dryer and attach an electric leaf blower. I clean the duct work once a year with this method and there's enough lint to fill two to three 5 gallon buckets. Seeing this is the only way to clean the ducts since they go through the wall, its fast and easy. Lint seems to catch on the sheet metal screws attaching the rigid pipe together. On the flex stuff, lint always gets caught on the ribs. I was always told to stay away from the plastic flex pipe for fire reasons.

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I don't know that I've ever used a clothesline in all of my 53 years...


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Originally Posted by Michael_P
One of the apartment buildings I own is an 8 unit and has a common laundry in the basement. The owner before me installed a duct shut off at the dryer. Then right past that is a 2 inch tee with a cap. Pull the cap off, close the shut off to the dryer and attach an electric leaf blower. I clean the duct work once a year with this method and there's enough lint to fill two to three 5 gallon buckets. Seeing this is the only way to clean the ducts since they go through the wall, its fast and easy. Lint seems to catch on the sheet metal screws attaching the rigid pipe together. On the flex stuff, lint always gets caught on the ribs. I was always told to stay away from the plastic flex pipe for fire reasons.

That's very clever!


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True story. My mother uses an electric leaf blower to blow out her dryer duct.


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