Question about Dryers
Should we insulate our hot, moist vent duct in cold attic? straight up through the cold attic was our only venting solution, but we keep having problems with lint buildup, as the hot moist air condenses and the lint starts to "glob up". I think fiberglass insulation would help, but want to test my thinking against more experienced and knowledgeable minds!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Cleaning the lint trap often isn't enough to maintain proper dryer ventilation. No lint screen is perfect and some lint always gets past the intial screen. As you have discovered, rodents love lint as nesting material. It is common to find mice nests in places such as the blower fan assembly and along the dryer vent hose. I would recommend you inspect the vent about once per season. That is, four times per year. Most manufacturers recommend twice, per year, but I have found it better to check a little more frequently. The following link provides you with some good advice on proper dryer maintenance:
Pay particular attention to the section that discusses dryer ventilation. Something as simple as a clogged vent can cause serious problems with the heating circuits. Not to mention, it can create potential fire hazards. I would recommend you try running the dryer for one load with the vent hose removed. If the load takes less time to dry, I would inspect your dryer ventilation thoroughly from the point it exits the dryer, to the point where it exits your home. If you are not using the semi-rigid metal type ducting, or if the vent line has not been replaced in a while, I would recommend you do so. The ducting is sold in 10 foot segments, is fairly inexpensive and easy to install. The air at the back of the dryer should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees F). If the air flow is weak, and not very warm, you still may have problem internal to the dryer. Here's another link you can view that discusses proper ventilation installation:
The rule of thumb when it comes to dryer ventilation is the SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the ventilation, the better. Every bend, sag, or rise creates resistance for the blower motor and can create potential choke points for lint to clog. Vent lines that run through an attic or crawl space are generally the worst for clogs. Also, make sure the exhaust outside is at least 12 inches off the ground to prevent rodents from entering.
To answer your question, if the dryer seems to be performing well and drying as it should, you probably have no problems at this point. I would recommend, however, that you inspect the dyer interior to make sure you don't have lint build up inside. Since you said you had cleared a clog recently, I suspect you may have some lint build up in the cabinet. This can cause a potential fire hazard. I would also recommend you lubricate the dryer drum supports (rollers) at the point where the roller meets the axle with a light weight machine oil. DO NOT get oil on the rubber rollers. These rollers can also cause noise if not lubricated periodically. I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require additional assistance.
NOTE: Make sure you UNPLUG the dryer before servicing the interior cabinet. There are still live voltages present even with the dryer turned off.
Posted on Nov 03, 2008
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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
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
there is a reservoir in the base of the dryer which holds some condensing water prior to the pump pumping it to the holding tank at the top this has a float swith to tell the pump to come on and drain water to top tank this is probably stuck in the on position so the machine thinks it is always full of water and its waiting for you to empty it,you need to remove side panel and remove flost switch to clean, remove condenser and put youre hand in back of unit if its still very wet in there thats the problem should be bone dry at end of cycle.
hope this helps
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
If your duet isn't heating properly and you have taken care of the lint problem then you could have one of two problems. Either you have a bad heating element or you have a bad fuse or temperature sensor.
If your dryer is not heating at all then it is most likely the fuse or temp sensor. If it is heating and just not enough it is probably a bad heating element.
Both problems would require a repairman to come and fix normally, however if you believe it is the heating element that can usually be replaced by the homeowner without too much trouble. Just make sure to ask where it is located from whatever place you but the new element from.
Posted on Dec 12, 2009
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