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Water coming out bottom

You suggested pulling the vent to see if it was blocked. Well, I pulled it & it was packed full of lint all the way back into the dryer and into the wall. The duct inside the wall takes a turn & goes vertical. It had standing water in it & thats after the whole week of not running. I cleaned all that out & ran a coat hanger to see how far up the lint went, but I think I got it all. I cleaned up all the water & I'm letting it air dry before I put the flex back on. It has a slight high/low offset & easily gets bumped, causing a BIG left/right offset. Since it looks like it gets pushed too tight to the wall, I'm thinking about putting a spacer behind the dryer legs to stabilize the difference.  The company that installed it didn't even bother to cut the flex down to a reasonable length, which just adds to the problem. Should I be pulling the back off that thing to clean out any more lint? Anyhow, I hope this solves the problem. Thanks!

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ANOTHER THING TO CHECK IS IF THE DUCT IN THE WALL IS PLASTIC OR METAL. IF IT IS PLASTIC, IT WILL CONDENSATE INSIDE THE PIPE BECAUSE THE PLASTIC REMAINS COOL AND CAUSES WARM, MOIST AIR FROM THE DRYER TO CONDENSATE IN THE INTERIOR WALLS. WITH A VERTICAL RUN, IT WILL FALL BACK TO THE BOTTOM AND PUDDLE THERE. IF IT IS METAL, AND GOES THROUGH THE ROOF, MAKE SURE THERE IS A CAP ON THE OUTSIDE PIPE TO PREVENT RAIN WATER FROM COMING DOWN INSIDE. CHANCES ARE THAT IF YOU HAVE WATER INSIDE THE PIPE, THE ENTIRE PIPE IS LINED WITH LINT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. YOU WILL NEED TO RUN A CLEANOUT BRUSH THE FULL LENGTH OF THE PIPE.

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