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Dryer vent pipe has condensation issues.

I have a 2005 whirlpool duet dryer. I have a lot of condensation in my vent pipes and at all the bends in the vent pipe where it was taped/sealed by the HVAC guys, it now drips water. I have a large family (7 total) and I clean the dryer lint screen before every new load. There was also a small puddle of water under my dryer and also in my flexible exhaust hose. I have never taken a part my dryer to clean anything out inside. What do you think?

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  • jbbrim Feb 19, 2009

    The vent pipe in the wall is a 5" pipe because it is a long run of pipe that penetrates out the roof. The city inspector had the builder make the vent be a 5" ILO a 4" because of the long run. We have not had a problem with condensation for the last 18 months that we have been living in this new home using the same dryer. Is the lint stuck in the bottom of the dryer? Is our dryer output just poor? New fan motor?

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With all of that condensation I'd be suprised if your clothes were getting dry at all. A lot of times cleaning the dryer vent is not enough. It sounds like your vent is really long. Long vent lines have a large potential for lint clogging. Check the airflow at the end of the vent at the side of the house. Your'e probably getting very little. For a run like that we always attach a electric leaf blower to the dryer side of the hose and let it run wide open for about 5 minutes. This should help to break up any clogged up lint. You can check your results at the end of the line on the ground. If it doesn't do much you may want to consider replacing the vent hose. Hope this helps.. Thanks

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