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Vent line from unit to outlet is 30' away. Will dryer push air and lint dust that far or do I need a inline vent-fan?

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It will push that far but you must not use flex pipe that far across run a solid pipe across to dryer then put flex pipe stright dryer to vent

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Why does the high limit switch keep tripping

You don't have specifics on the Dryer model. High limit is likely for a temperature being too high, which can lead to damage to the dryer or your clothes, or even to fire.

First and foremost, do NOT work on anything outside of the control panel or drum interior without unplugging the dryer. It almost certainly has a high current, 3-phase power inlet, and you can kill yourself coming into contact with the live power for it. Don't do that!

Most straightforward - look at the vent line. If it's clogged with lint, clean it out, both at the dryer end, and, if possible, for the rest of the line. You'll likely need a flat blade screwdriver to disconnect the vent hose on both the dryer and wall side. Take the vent line outside stretch it out, bang or hand-remove any lint sticking to it. (Stretching will help a lot in getting lint out of squeeze spots in the line.) Wear a dust mask to save yourself a lot of coughing when cleaning stuff.

if the vent is run under your house, go to the outside vent outlet and make sure it's not blocked or clogged.

Complementary to the vent line, clean out any tangible lint in the outlet hole area in the back of the dryer.

Past that point, my experience on the overheat goes a couple of places, all of which involve opening up the back. I'd suggest finding a DIY for your model to cut down on searching for screws. You'll likely have a bunch of 1/4" hex-head screws, which fortunately are the size of just about every hex-bit screwdriver set ever made - just put the hex end of the screwdriver on the head and it'll likely fit.

Inside, you'll open up the top of the blower unit. You will likely find it's clogged with lint, making the air pull anemic. Clean all the lint out of here. There are temperature sensors / cutouts. You'll need a DIY to locate which is which, and likely a voltmeter to test them. Last up-top possibility. Look inside the heater unit. It'll likely be a flat sheet-metal assembly on the right. If it's a gas unit, I'm out of my experience. If it's an electric unit, the heater coils are inside. They are likely covered in lint and laundry room dust. Use a long bottle brush to brush them off, or blow them off with compressed air. (Dust maskt!) A vacuum cleaner crevice tool can be useful. If they're covered in dust, they don't transfer heat to the air well, and can just overheat when the passing air doesn't carry the heat away.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Our T9800 miele dryer loses electricity and shuts off. It has has happened before and the it came back on. We are not sure why it goes out or why it comes back on. Any ideas ? We know it's not a...

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
What your describing is probably an air flow problem. Pull off the rear vent connect and start the dryer on no heat first. The air-flow should be strong enough to push a relaxed hand and wrist gently a short distance away form the outlet. IF you do not have this kind of air flow the apr passages inside the dryer are clogged with lint.
The passages that need attention
1. The lint filter. Wash it with vinegar and water then soap and water. Dryer sheet particulate or clothing will clog the screen. It wil look clear / clean but, it can be totally blocked.
2. The lint filter cavity remove the lint filter and use a folded wire coat hanger in a U shape to assist in removing lint while using a vacuum to get rid of the lint.
3. Use a flashlight and check the exit vent on the back of the dryer for a white / gray restriction of lint build up. Ust the folded wire coat hanger to assist in clearing the ducting.
4. ANYWHERE you can access ducting clear it.
5. Make sure to check all of the ducting from dryer to the vent flapper outside the house. The thru the wall vent flapper is on of the most common reasons for vents being blocked.

After the serious cleaning session re-test the outlet on no heat to see if it will push your hand and wrist gently away from the vent outlet. If you have good air flow reconnect the vent and check air-flow outside the home at the thru the wall vent. It should be very brisk.

If you can not establish good air flow then there is a problem with the fan / blower wheel. It is most likely damaged. Broken blades, center hub cracked and the wheel is more or less floating on the motor shaft.

This should resolve the problem BUT if it does not respond here and I will help you.

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You need to make sure there is no blockage under the laptop. Flip it over and gently brush away any lint or dust / hair etc, from any of the slots or grills on the bottom.
If it does it while in your lap, you need to be aware of where the vents are on the bottom and avoid blocking them with your clothing.
Would not hurt to vacum the fan outlet port where the hot air comes out. Place vac hose right against the vent outlet for few seconds.

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The dryer is not drying as good as it should be and it will display the following letters AF

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

Your AF error code is most likely an "Air-Flow error. Long drying times are ALWAYS cvaused by poor air-flow in a dryer.

Since you did not include a "Make and Model number" this reponse is generic.

The causes are many.
1. Go outside and check the thru the wall dryer duct flapper. Make sure it is free of lint.
2. Pull the lint filter and wash it with vinegar. The water then soap and water with a very good fresh water rinse.
3. Inspect the area where the lint filter is installed for any signs of lint build up. Use a crevice tool and a stretched out and folded in half wire coat hanger (Looped) to reach deep onto the lint build up areas so you can remove the lint with a crevice tool and Vacuum.
4. Remove the vent duct from the back of the dryer and check the air-flow. The air-flow should push a relaxed hand / wrist gently away from the dryer vent hole with the dryer on. If you do not get this kind of aor flow you will need to ensure all of the lint has been removed from the internal dryer ducting. If your sure the ducting is clear and you stil have poor air-flow then most likely the blower wheel has failed, Most of the time the center hub will crack and the blower wheel will not turn at full speed. Other times a fan blade breaks and blocks the ducting.
5. Use a flash light and look into the vent duct hole on the back of the dryer. Check for a restricted duct. Clean as necessary.
The above are the most common reasons for higher electric bills and long drying times.
Have a 2nd person look for lint after your done cleaning! The more eyes the better.

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Jan 26, 2011 | Dryers

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It runs long enough to dry a load but then when you try to do another one it just buzzes when you push the button to start it. If you wait awhile then it will work,... like it over heated or something.

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

This is showing the symptoms of an air flow problem. I suspect that there is just enough air flow in the unit but when it shuts off the internal temps of the cabinet are providing enough heat to also cause the motor thermal overload to cycle.

You should break out the crevice tool and de-lint everything you can access. Also pull out the lint filter and wash it with white vinegar and water then soap and water. Fabric softener sheets material builds up on lint filters. It looks clean but air will not pass through the lint filter.

Additionally inspect the vent ducting inside and outside the of dryer for lint build up. Make sure you go outside the home and check the vent flapper at the through the wall connction for lint build up also. This is often where lint build up problems start and then migrate inward blocking air flow.

If all of the above is good you will have to check the blower wheel mounted on the motor drive shaft for signs of a broken hub or... fan blades. A broken fan will cause poor air flow.

The dryer should provide enough air flow to push a relaxed hand / wrist away from the connection point on the back of the dryer. If you do not have this kind of air flow at the back of the dryer connection you need to find out the cause. I.e. lint build up or a fan problem.

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I have an LG dryer, and because of where it is, I need to know how far I can make the dryer vent hose go and still be pushing the air through.

a dryer vent hose should be about the furthest you want to travel (6-8 ft or so). If you need more,. a local plumbing supply shop would carry a pusher fan,. you'll also want to use non rigid vent pipe (smooth pipe) as that will also create air drag and or vent problems with lint collecting over time...

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My Kenmore 600 is not even 2 years old. It spins and appears to have heat but the clothes do not dry. I cleaned a ton of lint from the flex pipe/elbow joint in the rear of the dryer but this has not...

You are on the right track by cleaning the vent elbow.

Also check:

The entire vent line to the outside diverter (the little thing that looks like a hood). Depending on your dwelling, the vent line can also become obstructed with lint and sometimes other things like bird's nests, especially near the discharge outlet. This can happen when the flapper valve at the outlet sticks.

Make sure the lint screen is always kept clean

Another thing to try - empty the dryer and pull it away from the wall until you can get behind it. Disconnect the vent line and turn the dryer on air only. The air velocity coming out of the dryer air exhaust line should feel pretty strong. If it doesn't, the fan could be full of lint as well or there could be an issue with the exhaust fan itself. If the fan is plugged or bad, the back of the dryer will have to be removed and the fan checked.

The dryer should not be overloaded and be sure the clothes being dried aren't too wet (possibly indicating a washer spin cycle issue).

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check the outside of your house to see how strong the blowing is if it's weak then it's in the vent tube

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most likely cause is the air duct is blocked with lint, some always gets past the screen and builts up in the exhaoust line. not enough air flow, the air gets hotter than normal and trips the over temperature cutout.
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clear the fan, and exhaust ducting all the way to the wall, and the outside vent hood, of lint

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You are purchasing new dryers when the problem is your vent line. The fact that your old dryer is now working in a different home, and your new dryer still has the same problem as the old dryer, leads me to suggest that you reroute your vent line some how. Your dryer vent line is really too long. The fact that you've added two 90 degree bends also leads to the issue of lint build up problems by creating added resistnace. It's a simple theory of operation when it comes to dryers. The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the vent line the BETTER. All vent hoses create some resistance to air flow. It is typical in longer runs that the lines build up and accumulation of fine lint over a period time which adds weight to the line. This can cause the line to sag and restrict lint even more. Any bend in the line (especially 90 degree bends) also create points of resistance where lint tends to build up. This eventually leads to clogs, longer dry times, dryer overheating and eventual failure of the appliance. Purchasing higher end models does not necessarily equate to better performance. Many of your low end Kenmore, Maytag and Whirlpool models are great dryers and last years with proper care and maintenance. Even though you don't have this configuration, I thought I might add that it's also a bad idea to have vent lines that run vertical (such as in an attic). Dryer exhaust has moisture content from the clothes. When the lint mixes with this moisture it becomes more dense. If you have a vent line that runs vertical, this line will eventually settle at the lowest point of the vent line (which is usually right where it enters the wall). Reroute your vent line and shorten it and I bet your problems will go away. It's cheaper to spend the money on some semi-rigid vent hose than several hundreds on another appliance that will probably give you the same results. I hope this helps you,

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