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SOURCE: The dryer runs too long and takes much too much

vent it out at the closestoutside wall point

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Powers on, then immediately shuts off. More detailed in comments below This is too aggravating!!!!!!! Characters characters


Hello Kathy: All clothes dryers work on the same basic principle...
1.) Air Flow
2.) Heat
3.) Rotation

Your problem may lie in your duct work configuration and how the exhaust gases are vented; the mere fact that you had blockage could have overheated the dryer's high limit thermostat and/or the thermal fuse...BUT, before I go any further...I need to talk to you about safety!

Gas dryers give off combustion gases that are toxic and DEADLY; DO NOT VENT YOUR DRYER UNDER YOUR HOUSE SLAB to the outside! Especially that you report that it gets WET inside that underground slab- it's against NFPA fire codes (municipal and state building codes, as well) to do that. If that slab ever collapses partially or fully, you'll have no way of knowing it and the toxic gases will back-up into your house.

The safer venting method should be done with 4 inch solid wall vent pipe; and should be vented directly outside. Maximum duct work (straight run of ducting without the use of any elbows) for your model gas dryer, is 65 feet.

If you are using 1- 90 degree, the total length reduces to 55 feet, including the elbow in that measurement

The use of 2- 90 degree elbows, 47 feet; for 3- 90 degree elbows, 36 feet, and for 4- 90 degree elbows, 28 feet- maximum length.

These are per your manufacturer's installation specifications.

Although you should not use more than 4- 90 degree elbows in your configuration, in the event you do, you would deduct 6 feet for each additional elbow used. You want to make sure that you can visibly see the vent pipe (to visually inspect it for defects or for ease of access to clean and service)- and never keep flammables of sorts near the vent pipe due to the heat that they radiate.

I choose solid vent pipe over foil or plastic (in my home, rental properties, and when I do installs) because lint does have a tendency to burn inside the duct work...which could lead to perforation and/or fire. Plus many manufacturers recommend solid vent pipe over other types; and I do not recommend using screws to connect solid vent pipe together with, since lint can catch on the exposed screw that protrudes into the duct. Use a combination of, heat rated duct tape and dryer vent clamps.

Some installers or readers of this will think that this is excessive, costly, and not necessary; through my life's experiences, I have seen unfortunate yet avoidable tragedies. (Don't forget to check & clean your dryer ducts at least once-a-year!- I do mine at the start and end of DST- the same day we change the clocks and the batteries on our smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms.)

Now, concerning the rest of the troubleshooting process, are you getting any trouble code errors on the electronic panel? If so, what are they?

You have several choices, you can disconnect and remove the high limit thermostat and thermal fuse and check them for continuity or call tech support using their smart diagnosis procedures as outlined on page 35 of you owner's manual. Or you can disconnect the dryer at it's power source (outlet or circuit breaker) and wait a half hour; see if the electronic computer panel resets. Then try running the dryer.

Please let me know how you made out or if you need more help.

Mar 15, 2015 | LG DLE2240W Dryer

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What are the most important things to consider when building a greenhouse?


I would say the two most important issues are ventilation and heating. These are both important for the health of the plant. Still air encourages pathogens and discourages photosynthesis. Heating is necessary to keep the temperature at the plant's optimal level.

Jan 29, 2013 | Garden

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We live in a slab home. We have been noticing a order that smells like sewage. It is mainly coming from the floor heating vents in the kitchen and in the back laundry room. Is there a way to find out...


some where under your slab your sewer pipe has broken. most times you must cut away the concrete floor and explore for damaged pipes.

Jul 23, 2009 | Plumbing

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Can i install a new waste trap to my shower without removing the enclosure and tray?


Only if you have a crawl space or a pier and beam home. But not a slab foundation.

Apr 10, 2009 | Home

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Considering the purchase of Samsung WF338 / DV338 Washer & Dryer


beware of front load washers on second floor! vibration will be more likely to be a problem. because of the floor the only real place a frontload can be at its best is on a floor that has a concrete slab foundation because if the floor can move, flex or creek your washer will vibrate and will shake your house. also beware of putting the cabinets under washer they can cause it to vibrate even on a slab floor because the cabinet will flex and move. Also make sure you check your pockets really well all the time!!!!!!! drain pumps and service calls are expensive it is worth the time. and only HE soap the washer uses 1/3rd the amount of water as a top load so you cannot use the same amount of soap or you will get suds build up in your washer and it will cause it to leak and cause error codes that will cost you a service call. And leave your door open when your not using your washer because It will start to stink even more so if you use the wrong soap.

Mar 05, 2009 | Samsung WF337AA Front Load Washer

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Install a Thermador UCV36 cook'n'vent


Hi schmidt_rich,

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

Your question is: You took over as owner builder when your builder "took the $ and ran". You are installing kitchen cabs now and discovered the PVC vent pipe (which goes into the foundation and out the side of the house) is in the wrong place for the location of the downdraft unit and integral blower. The vent is actually under the electrical connection panel. You were told initially( 2 yrs ago when you bought the downdraft cook'n'vent) there could be no bends in the exhaust fan route or it would change the effectiveness. Does anyone know if it is ok to put a bend in the connection to the vent? Or do you need to redo your kitchen cabinets?

I can syphathise. I have had to deal with this same problem. I have found that one ell will not degrade the effectiveness enough to notice. If you need more then you may need to adjust cabinets.

Feel free contact me again!
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Sep 24, 2008 | Thermador UCV36A 36" Universal Cook 'n'...

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Whirlpool Dryer


Your prof. vent cleaner failed to do his job. Ther is a definite restriction in the vent from point A to B, The prof is in the test u performed. You need a straight shot from the dryer to the outside using a class A 4"vent line and a dryer exhaust hood at the termination point,then your problem will be resolved...

Apr 29, 2008 | Dryers

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Whirlpool LHW0050PQ Front Loading Washer VERY NOISY during spin cycle


remove the top access panel 3 screws in top rear.
now look around and push on the drum from top
it has suspension shocks and springs like your car they should resist any movements.
look/wiggle the concrete balance blocks , no cracks or loose.
inside the tub are the arm solid /not loose.
run it with the top open what do you see/hear and where
look under the rubber flap in front did anything get under the tub

Dec 29, 2007 | Whirlpool LHW0050PQ Front Load Washer

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