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The dryer is located in very close quarters and difficult to access the dryer hose- Does the dryer hose disconnect from the dryer easily? The flex hose goes directly inside the dryer with no hookup visible from the outside..Advise

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It just enters the very outside of the unit, there's a spring clamp on the hose youll see it upon closer inspection, if you pull the unit out you will see it

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