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Re: Clothes still damp
The problem you maybe having may still be in your venting a couple of things to check are is the size of the vent should be 4" round also the lenght of the vent if over 10' and alot of elbows it maybe too long of a run but the real test is to run a load with the vent off the back sure you get a liitle extra heat in the house but if it dries ok you found your problem if it still does not work then you could have a bad cycling thermostat try that and let me know
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If your cloths are "hot and damp" you are not getting proper ventilation. Since you cleaned the vent trap let's try a few things to narrow down where this vent restriction is coming from.
Let's pull that vent trap up and start the dryer. Place your hand a few inches in there. Can you feel a light suction of air? (flowing into the dryer)? We will get back to this shortly. Next -
Take the vent hose off the back and turn the dryer on? At this time you should get lots of warm air blowing. If you do not have this and the vent trap did not have any noticeable air flow (into the dryer) then thus far you have a clog between the vent trap and the vent in the back of the dryer. Unplug the dryer and from the rear of the dryer remove the back panel. Should be just a few 5/16 nut with a possible flathead screwdriver indention on them. If you have to do this let's still check the pathway for ventilation to the outside and make sure one did not trigger the other. And if all ventilation to this point is good then -
You have a clogged vent restriction between the duck and the path it takes to outside. For this a duct cleaning service will have to come out and take a high pressured air hose and blow that pathway clear. Now if you have a fairly high powered compressor and can locate the exit for the dryer vent then -
Charge that compressor and put an air gun adapter on it and (wearing eye protection) blow the heck out of it. This will make a huge mess no matter who does it. Make sure it is a good size shop compressor and not one many people carry in their trunk for inflating flat tires (this one will not work) This is how the duct service will do it also.
this website is very helpful, I would disconnect vent tube and dry a load of clothes, if they dry then my vent tube is restricted or too long. If it does not then my dryer needs to be cleaned out on the inside from the lint trap down. I hope this helps Tim
It sound like you have a venting problem. The air from the dryer is probably restricted by either a clogged exhaust hose or duct work in house or a stuck vent flap where air blows to the outside. If your vent goes straight up to the roof, something may be blocking the exit or the whole line may be clogged. Also check for a kinked flex hose that attaches to the dryer. If blockage is in wall of house, there are vent cleaning companies that can clean out the line.
Couple of things to check, the blower fan assembly that is close to the lint filter, might be clogged or the exhaust duct hose might be too long and has too many bents, that restricts the air flow. check also outside for restrictions
Sounds like a venting problem at the house pipe.
Make sure the house venting pipe is completely clean and vent hood just outside is free of any blockages.
If all that is cleaned I would check all working thermostats and high limit thermostat as well.
The vent may be stopped up, or the vent hose crimped so the air cannot escape, you can check the air flow at the vent on the outside of the house while the dryer is running.
try cleaning the vent and the lint screen with a vacuum cleaner, you may need to replace the vent hose, this should solve the problem
This is the classic symptom of "poor air flow". Another symptom you didn't mention (but I bet is happening) is that the top of the dryer gets VERY hot.
OK, don't move your dryer yet... get a flashlight and look behind there. See the flexible vent connecting the dryer to the wall? It must have SMOOTH, FLOWING turns. No crushing allowed. If it's crushed/pinched, you found the problem. It's "choking" off the air flow... not allowing the hot air to escape and containing all of it in the dryer cabinet. If this is the problem, pull the dryer away from the wall about 8" and make sure the vent isn't pinched off anymore. Leave your dryer this far out, it'll ensure that this doesn't happen again.
If the flexible vent is OK, there is a blockage in your house's internal dryer duct work somewhere. Turn the dryer on and go outside to where the exhaust is. Check air flow. Check the exhaust vent for debris (I've seen birds build nests in the outside exhaust, incubates the eggs...but your clothes won't get dry!). If your dryer location and the exhaust location are quite a distance (20' or more) from each other, you should hire a professional to come out and thoroughly clean it out for you. In this case, you should have this done once a year as part of routine Home maintenance.
To test and verify my solution to this, you can remove the dryer vent from the wall and cover the end of it with a pair of old pantie hose. Then run the dryer as usual (the pantie hose will act as a secondary lint trap). You'll see that the dryer will be happy again and the clothes will dry in no time at all.
Is this a combo washer/dryer in 1 unit? water shoud not come out if it is just a dryer. Your air coming out of the back vent hose should be hot. If your clothes comes out of your WASHER damp (more than normal) then your washer is not spin drying good enough. (worn belt, clogged drainage system).
looks like the problem you are having is not with the dryer. The vent line is probably clogged up, which caused the moisture to stay inside the dryer. To make sure this is a vent problem, you can disconnect the vent hose behind the dryer and run it for one load with it disconnected. If it runs fine, then the vent line needs cleaning. Usually it needs special equipment and is very hard to do yourself. It would cost you around $90 to get a professional out to do it for you.