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Lint is collecting inside the housing not exiting via vent.

I need to be able to get inside the dryer in the back so I can re-attach the connecting vent tubes /hoses (the parts which when connected carry the lint and moisture out and away to the exhaust flap on the outside of the house. When I took off the hose where it connects to the dryer, I found the other that the hose has to be connected to just laying inside loose, and handful after handful of lint.

There doesn't appear to be an obvious panel or door to gain access to the interior of the housing so I can see what I and where to re- attach the parts correctly.

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  • repo4u Feb 08, 2009

    i have same problem and along with the lint mess it gets hot and shuts off

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You would need to remove screws holding on the door as well as the opposing screws , after remove th edoor the front "u shaped" panel will pull foward and off, yo may be able to acess the venting from this point

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Check your exhaust line and lint filter. Go outside and locate on the wall where the dryer exits the house. If you can, feel around the inside and clear the exhaust of any lint or debris. Next, check the lint filter. If it's packed, remove all lint from it and clean with mild soap and water. Put the filter back in it's place. Turn on dryer's normal setting that you most commmonly use and star dryer. Go back outside to where the dryer vent exits the house. Place your hand over the vent. You should feel hot air coming out at a pretty decent rate.

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Clean Your Dryer Vent to Prevent Fires


Most people have no idea how much lint gets past your dryer's lint trap. The amount is substantial. Over Time your dryer vent pipe becomes coated with dryer lint. If your dryer vent hasn't been cleaned in over a year, you may have a potential fire hazard on your hands. Once the vent becomes restricted your dryer will take longer to dry a load. Lack of airflow will cause your dryer to over heat. If your dryer vent is over eight feet long, your dryer vent should be cleaned annually. Some of the early warning signs of lint blockage include:

  • Is the top of your dryer hot to the touch?
  • Does your dryer take over 50 minutes to dry a load?
  • Do you ever experience a moldy smell on your clothing?
  • Is dryer lint gathering on the inside of the dryer door?
  • Does it seem like your clothes have extra lint on them?
  • Is your house dusty? Dryer lint is almost microscopic and goes everywhere.

Most dryer vents have a flap or a screen located at the exit. This must be cleaned on aregular basis. Where your dryer vent exit's the building is usually the first place dryer lint will gather. It is very important when you have your vent cleaned they address the exit.
Dryer vents come in all different shapes and sizes. The dryer vent itself refers to the exhaust pipe inside the wall. This pipe should be a 4" steel pipe that exits right outside or some times up through the rooftop. Some builder's occasionally use the more rectangular gutter piping, or the flexible metal piping. Both of these can be inefficient. If your home has a foil accordion type material inside your wall, this needs to be replaced immediately. This material is actually flammable, if you ever had a dryer fire it would have no chance of staying contained.

A dryer vent that exits on to a tile roof can pose another potential airflow restriction. Much of the time builders use the same gooseneck type exit as on a standard shingle roof. Unfortunately these vents aren't long enough, and tend to vent right on the tile with very little space. The fix for this problem is to fabricate an extension that raises the vent at least four inches above the tile.
Another common problem is a crushed transition tube. The transition tube is the pipe that connects the dryer to the wall vent. Most of the time delivery people use the foil type transitions because of ease of installation. Unfortunately this material can easily become crushed or restricted. This type of material is actually paper and can ignite. Unlike the all metal venting material that the dryer manufacturers recommend this material is a real fire hazard. (see your owner's manual or the labels on back of the dryer.)
Unfortunately a blocked dryer vent can break your dryer. The two main parts that break, are the element and the thermostat. The excessive heat produced by a blocked vent is a repair waiting to happen. Many of the new high efficiency dryers have warning lights that tell you when your vent needs cleaning. Some of these dryers even lower the temp on their own to keep from overheating.
The best way to test your dryer vent's efficiency is to disconnect the tube from the wall and dry a load of clothes. If your clothes get dry in a reasonable time it's your dryer vent. Over 15,000 dryer related fires occur every year. Most of these fires could have been prevented, with an annual vent cleaning. Don't become a statistic get your dryer vent professionally cleaned today.

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Have you checked the dryer vent (attached to the back of the dryer and runs out of the house). Our dryer is located in the center of our house and we have to run a plumbing snake through it to remove lint that collects in it. Good luck

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Here is the most common things that will make a dryer not work and will need to be checked
Door switch If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing.

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If you are experiencing moisture inside the dryer drum, then you have a clog somewhere. A dryer needs proper air flow in order to dry efficiently. If you have not had your dryer exhaust vent ducting checked anytime recently, now might be a good time to do so.

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A DRYER CLOG:

Remove the dryer exhaust vent hose from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry a load of clothes as you normally would. The air escaping the back of the dryer should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees F).

If the air flow is normal and the clothes dry properly, you need to check the ventilation from the point where it leaves the dryer, to where it exits your home. Check for kinks, sags or significant bends in the vent ducting that may be causing choke points where lint can accumulate. In addition, it is strongl;y recommended that you use the semi-rigid aluminum ducting as it resists crushing and is heat resistant.

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If gone unchecked, the dryer will actually overheat to the point of failure. Accumulations of lint is also a major fire hazard. The majority of the dryer failures I have repaired were caused by poorly installed, kinked, or clogged dryer ventilation.

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Check that the dryer duct at the back where it connects the dryer to the wall has not collapsed to restrict air movement to the house vent duct.

Check that the vent duct all the way to the outside of the house is not fully or partially restricted in any way.

Make sure the lint screen is clean.

Make sure there is no buildup of lint inside the dryer where the heat enter the drum.

You should be able to walk outside with the dryer running, and feel a blast of air exiting the dryer vent. If not, find the restriction.

A dryer warming up, and then shutting down is normally a sign of a restricted vent duct at some point in the system. Particularly if nothing is done, and the dryer heats up momentarily when the cycle is tried again.

Reply back your findings for further instruction or information.

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