Question about Dryers

1 Answer

Re: 2 yr old GE Electrictric with poorheat

I checked the vent line which runs up one floor and through the crawl attic before exiting the roof. I don't see alot of lint at the lower end but could it be clogged in only 2 years? Should I run the dryer disconnected from the vent line to see if the heat improves or is it too late? To check the element where do I take the unit apart, what do I look for. Is it an easy DIY job?

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 5,911 Answers

Vent lines that run through an attic are the worst. I still don't understand why builders install them in homes like this. To answer your question, "Yes" it is possible for the vent line to be clogged in only 2 years. When the dryer is running, the vent line is a mixture of lint, hot air, and moisture from your clothes. Over a period of time with restricted air flow, the vent line interior can become moist from condensation and lint will begin to collect and stick. In a configuration such as yours, you also have gravity working against you. Typically, what happens is the lint collects, can't be pushed out, and will fall down inside the vent line in the wall. Most manufacturers recommend inspecting your ventilation at least once per YEAR. Two years is an awful long time to go without inspecting your vent lines. Not to mention this can become a fire hazard and/or a habitat for rodents (mice love dryer lint to build nests). I would recommend once in the fall and once in the spring. It doesn't take long for accumulations of lint to form and clog your exhaust.

"Yes", I would recommend trying to run your dryer with the exhaust hose removed to see if it works better. This is the easiest way to determine if you have an internal clog or external clog, or no clog at all. I would not run your dryer on a permanent basis like this, however, as it will heat up your home and add unecessary humidity as well.

As far as the element is concerned, if the dryer IS heating, I wouldn't recommend checking the element just yet. Heat usually indicates the element is actually turning on. Elements don't usually get weak, they simply burn out. If you had NO HEAT, then I would suggest checking the heating element.

Do the simple vent test that I suggested and let me know what you find. Then, we'll take it from there.

PS Rule of Thumb: The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the dryer vent exhaust, the BETTER.

Posted on Sep 04, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

What are the metal vents on roof for

It is a passive ventilation system for your attic. Besides the roof top vents, there should also be openings in the soffits. Cooler air will enter through the soffit, pass into the attic, and the heat in the attic will raise. The vents on the roof are to allow the hot air a place to escape.

Mar 16, 2015 | Heating & Cooling

1 Answer

I have a GE Profile gas dryer and the former homeowner vented it into the gargae. I was to re do the venting and run it out side. Is there a maxium lenghth that I can run a dryer vent.

The general rule of thumb when it comes to dryer vents is the SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the run, the better the appliance will be at drying efficiciency. The more bends and rises you add to a vent line, the more resistance you add to the blower motor. If the blower motor cannot efficiently force all the lint and moisture out of the vent line it tends to accumulate and clog. This eventually leads to poor drying results and an appliance that will overheat the point of failure. Dryer vents that run into an attic or crawl space are generally the worst configurations. The blower fights gravity with attic installations and sags under a crawl space can create choke points that clog. The following link can give you some advice on the dryer vent installation recommendations:

Roughly...60 feet if the vent is just a straight. With each added turn, the maximum distance changes. If you need further assistance, please let me know.

Apr 21, 2011 | GE Dryers

1 Answer

AC not cooling

first off you should have a four ton unit. what is your super heat? is it pulling attic or outside air?

May 27, 2010 | Goodman CLQ36AR49 Air Conditioner

1 Answer

2 tolilet bubbling (burping)

possible your vent is clogged .had very similar problem year's ago ,and it was an old house.check your vent pipe in attic, if it's galvanized pipe /steel,it could be full of rust .also access your vent pipe at roof , and run water via a garden hose to see what happen's. BE CAREFUL!!!!

Apr 14, 2010 | Home

1 Answer

Gas water heater pilot goes out only on very hot days

It sounds more like the pilot is being blown out by drafting.If there is any open shielding at or below the pilot light line , it is very possible for it to blow out.Hold a tissue between your fingers and ck for drafts around the burner and pilot area. If it's the case, The drafting needs blocking.the exhaust will still exhaust because of the heat it generates and confined location in the combustion chamber. Good Luck.

Jun 15, 2009 | Water Heaters

1 Answer

I can not find the furnace in our home. Is it in the attic??? or crawl space??? i have a newer home in Phoenix

it could be an air handler in the attic, do you have gas or ele. some are built into the water heater if it is gas, do you have base boards running around the bottom of your floor or air vents with am ac condesor outside if this is the case it could be either the crawl space or attic

Jun 06, 2009 | Protech Systems FasNSeal FSWMKE4 4" Vent...

2 Answers

Dryer takes too long to dry a load

Have you checked the lint screen? pull the lint screen out and remove the lint then hold flat and pour water on it. Does the screen hold the water or does the water flow through? If it holds water, then you must actually clean the film that has coated the screening material. Use dish soap and scrub lightly then rinse clean. and check again.

Apr 02, 2009 | Kenmore 62872 Electric Dryer

1 Answer

My Central heating system as no vent

You are talking about a gas fired system I assume. So no, it's not a big deal. Code now states that you need to vent the gas furnace from the attic or a crawl space and not from the living space. They change this code back and forth all the time. It's nothing to worry about if you do not plan to sell the home.

Apr 01, 2009 | Protech Systems FasNSeal FSWMKE4 4" Vent...

1 Answer

Lint bypassing lint filter and water in vent transition hose

your hose is to long you should vent it stright out wall if you can't you can buy a small inside vent kit it take so long to dry becuase it's not exsusted proper

Jan 27, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MDE6800A Electric Dryer

1 Answer

Where is my a/c filter?

If your rooftop unit is self contained with no pipes leaving it except the condensate drain line there should be a narrow removable panel to access where the filters are located. If you have three pipes exiting the roof top unit two will go to an air handler located in the attic of the home. The filters will be located in the air handler.

Jun 13, 2008 | Heating & Cooling

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dryers Logo

Related Topics:

48 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dryers Experts


Level 3 Expert

78010 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

16852 Answers

Are you a Dryer Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides