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Dryer Vent Cleaning

It is always a good ideal to have your dryer vent cleaned, from the wall to the outside of your home, once every year or 2.
Special equipment is required. so you should call a dryer vent cleaning company.

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electric dryer duct fire

I think this question must have been misclassified, as it states that this is regarding a Problem with Whirlpool Cabrio WTW6600SBT Top Load Washer. I will assume this is about your dryer. Dryer fires are not as uncommon as most would believe. It sounds like you were utilizing the nylon or plastic dryer vent hose. The lint in your dryer that accumulates can catch fire after years of use. A good dryer vent cleaning will cover your vent duct from the wall to the vent exit outside the home. You should have this cleaned by a professional and have an internal dryer cleaning conducted. If funds are tight, you can do this yourself by pulling the dryer out and running the vacuum cleaner extension into the dryer vent opening after you remove the melted hose. Just be careful when pushing the hose extension up the exhaust as some models will have a heating element in line. If you feel any resistance, that is when you stop pushing the hose in and just suck any lint you can from that point. This is a good start, but a good full internal cleaning of your dryer is warranted. Make sure you unplug the dryer before attempting any cleaning or servicing. Safety first!

Feb 19, 2014 | Dryers

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lint all over clothes

when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer and the vent line?next time send the brand name and model number off of the machine,just cleaning off the lint filter isn't good enough,you should have the dryer taken apart,clean the duct that the filter slides into,vac out the cabinet where the motor is and if the vent line is a long run from the back of the dryer to the outside you can remove the vent line from the back of the dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower,as long as there isn't a cage or anything on the outside hood stick the leaf blower in the vent line and blow the lint outside,also while you have the vent line off the back start the dryer and make sure you feel air blowing out the back of the dryer,if it doesn't you could have a problem with the blower wheel the dryer should be cleaned out at least once a year if it's gas and once every 1 1/2 to 2 years if it's electric.hope this helps and good luck with your dryer.

Jan 05, 2012 | Dryers

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DLE7177WM - Seems to work ok, but it is taking

Its going to be an issue with the wall vent of your house. The dryer is not venting the air at a good enough volume and that is why it is taking longer to dry. Sometime you may have to run a second cycle and I bet there is lint on your door gasket around the 6 o'clock positon.

The flex vent behind the dryer, the wall vent, and or the vent's outlet (roof or wall) outside the home needs to be cleaned to improve the air flow.

Good Luck.

Jul 04, 2010 | LG Dryers

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I have a magtag gas dryer with that heat sensor cycle. when we set dial control there it does not move. It just runs ands runs. Clothes tumble for hours before their dry. Yet if I set dial control to timed dry for 60 minutes the dial will move and dryer will stop. Clohes take 2 - 60 minute cycles to dry. Very, very little heat output. Vents are clean. Where do I begin to figure this out? Please help! * Mother of six *

Hi Joy Ann,

The automatic cycle of your dryer depends on air circulating in, through and out of your dryer efficiently. If air isn't circulating properly, your timer will stall and run forever.

Timed Dry, on the other hand is independent. The timer only does what it's told to do... count down time.

So, yes. You do have a blockage in the vent to outside. When you said the "Vents are clean", I presume you mean the lint filter. That's good. It's always good to keep that clear. What I'm talking about is the four inch vent tube from the dryer to the wall. How close is the back of the dryer to the wall? If it's less than 4", the vent is crushed. Take a flashlight and look behind the dryer without moving it. See that flex hose back there connecting the dryer to the wall? If it is pinched, so is your air flow. Either pull the dryer out about 8" from the wall, or shorten the hose.

If all of that checks out OK, though.. (your flex line to the wall isn't pinched) that means that the vent in the wall is blocked somewhere. Trust me... I've seen all kinds of things block vents to the outside. Bird nests mainly, squirrel's, reptiles, rodents... they all love to build nests in the warm place <--that would be your dryer exhaust.

Recommendation: pull the dryer out at LEAST 8" from the wall and see if that helps. If not, your Home's internal dryer vent should be professionally cleaned (should be done once a year for 2 story Homes).

Bottom line is this... if your dryer is heating, it's trying to do its' job. The only reason it can't is because air isn't circulating properly.

Look into it, Joy Ann... Dryer fires are serious and they are caused by blocked ventilation.

Hope this helps,

Mar 25, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

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air vent

Many home improvement stores such as Home Depot , Lowes etc carry Vent kits. I would encourage you to pick up one of these and install it through your outside wall. Normally, the outside portion of the vent has a flapper to keep outside air and critters from coming into your house when that vent is not in use and also has a short section of ( typically) 4 inch vent line that projects through the wall cavity and into the living space. Most flex lines should be atteched to that. If you are usintg a gas dryer, it is strongly encouraged and may be code requirements in some areas to use only solid ducting to the outside. Electric Dryers do not have the same exhaust gases and can be ducted with a plastic flex line. Hope that helps...

Aug 12, 2008 | Dryers

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