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I have home with no basement (houston, tx) with interior utility room. Dryer vent goes down into foundation then toward closest exterior wall where it rises 6" and vents thru brick veneer. The dryer vent began collecting water. Amount of water extracted by wet/dry vac thru exterior opening has grown from 1/4" per month to 1/4" per week. Dryer now takes 2-3 loads to get clothes dry. How do I determine how water is entering vent pipe? I have eliminated weather and irrigation as louvered cover was sealed and water continued to collect.

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  • jburtn Jul 22, 2009

    good point...we have a gas dryer. it is getting hot...and, when I **** all the water out of the vent with the wet/dry vac, the dryer does the job in 1 load...

    Possible to put some sort of insert inside the existing vent pipe (in the home's foundation) so the repair is not so invasive?



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Sounds like a bad heating element in the dryer if you have checked for lint in the vent which should get cleaned out easily with the water. I assuming that this is an electric dryer. A dryer whose heating element is partially or completely burned out will definitely prolong a dryer's drying time. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its heating element. Test the element, and if it is no longer functioning as it should, you will have to replace it. Once you have gained access to your dryer's heating element, set your multimeter to the R x 1 resistance scale. Touch each meter probe and to one end of the element. If you receive a reading of infinite resistance, then your heating element is no longer functioning properly and you will have to replace it. Let me know how this turns out.


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    Benjamin Patri Jul 22, 2009

    Ok, since it is gas and is heating fine then I'd bet your blower wheel is bad and isn't providing the airflow like it used to to be able to blow the lint more right to the outdoors and so needs to be replaced.
    Check the blower wheel for excessive lint build up, check that
    there isn't anything stuck to the air intake baffle inside the drum,
    (i.e. the screen on the back wall of the dryer when looking into the
    Check blower fan for proper air flow
    Check the blower wheel for being stripped out in the middle

    Notice: this is a common problem The hole
    in the center of the blower wheel should be "D" shaped.
    These strip out
    after awhile and then spin freely on the shaft, not spinning at
    the same speed as the motor. This makes a rumbling noise and
    poor/slow air flow through the dryer.



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