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My outdoor dryer vent leaves about a gallon of lent out on my patio and cedar storage unit every season. How do I trap the extra lint coming out the vent? I have tried cheesecloth, but I have to change it daily which is very inconvenient. I am meticulous about cleaning the machine lint trap after every load. I avoid dryer sheets whenever possible. PLease help.

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  • Grangoose May 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. Must be some creative person out there that can help us solve this problem.

  • larkinhome Jul 22, 2008

    I have the same problem but worse. The designer of my house has the dryer vent exhaust directed into the outside condensor coil of my air conditioning unit. The exhaust is less than three feet away and when the dryer and air conditioner are both on, I have a lint and heat problem. Any suggestions from the gurus? Please let me know. Thanks!

  • lndrylady Apr 15, 2009

    Bought Samsung electric dryer. No venting pipes that lead outside. Best Buy tech attached vent kit to back of dryer and it leads into plastic container with water in it to catch the lent, the coil attached to to dryer goes over the water hoses and the container is sitting on our water heater. The hoses attached to the washer started to burn and melt! Had to turn off washer, they are coming out to replace hoses. How should I vent the dryer or tell the tech to so this fire hazard doesn't happen again. Thanks


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I'm sorry, but that happens with all dryer vents. you might consider rerouting the vent to another location. while you're at it the vent hose needs to be cleaned out, they tend to clog up and decrease drying efficiancy.

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I do not recommend venting a dryer inside. I suspect you are trying to save heat you have paid for. A dryer will add a lot of moisture to the area it is in as well as secondary lint that gets through the lint screen. This will cause condensation on any cool surface. In a basement this can lead to mold and mildew. But if you want you can make your own lint trap and if you need the humidity. Get a 5 gallon plastic bucket, some 4" aluminum vent pipe and 90 degree elbows. Direct the dryer exhaust into the bucket filled with some water. This will catch most of the secondary lint. Clean often and do not let the bucket run dry. There are some gallon buckets on the market that look a lot nicer but they restrict the airflow to much and this can cause problems with heating elements and thermal fuses. Never and I say Never vent a Gas Dryer inside.
Hopes this helps

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Why is clothes dryer heating, but not drying?

Be sure to check the lint trap in the front and also the lint vent in the back. That is the big hose in the back of your dryer. Take it off and then ensure a bunch of lint isnt stuck. Empty in trash cans. Also you can get a lent vent cleaner which is a long pole to clean vents on the roof and also in the hose and pipes. This is important to clean at least quarterly to avoid any possible fires.

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The lint trap on my GE dryer is moist.

Check the venting, if it is blocked or if the venting is bend it will not allow the moisture to leave the dryer and it will end up in the lint trap and on the door

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I have a kenmore elite model 110.8586 or 8587 anyway I cleaned my lent screen put it back as I always do after every load and know it say check lint screen


The sensor is dirty..remove the lint trap and clean the orifice with a Swiffer duster. Dryer sheets can clog the lint trap use a tooth brush and detergent to clean the lint trap. Alternately see if it presents the same issue operating it without the lint trap. If you have an air compressor blow out the slot too. Make sure the main exit hose is cleared also *vent duct*. Tip the unit and blow the air in too.

Or a melting type fuse mounts on the blower housing and is tied into the same circuit as the door switch. When it melts it shuts down everything and this keeps the lint from catching fire.

Also check the belts.

You can turn off the beeping if you would like. Instructions are in the manual. By Pressing the buzzer button it has Loud medium low and off positions.

Remove the rear vent and try the unit...

I'm thinking that your sensor is probably the issue here.

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I have a Maytag Dryer that stopped in the middle of a cycle and there is no lent at all and the dryer will not come back on..

Possibly a blown thermal fuse. May have to call repair man. Pull bottom panel and ohm our thermal fuse, just behind blower, lint trap assy. Also, check for clogged vent. This sometimes causes the thermal fuse to blow.

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My dryer is heating up but it takes a long time to dry.

If the clothes are coming out wet and hot after the first cycle then there is a blockage in the exhaust. This blockage could be at the lint trap or at the exhaust tube leaving from the back of the dryer. You need to check the lint filter area by removing the lint filter and with a flashlight look into the area where the lint filter was to see if there is any build up of lint. If so, you will need to clean this area. Also at the back of the dryer there is a hose that comes from the dryer to an outlet to the out side. This hose could be clogged with lint or possibly kinked to where the proper amount of air flow is not allowed to leave the dryer therefore causing the clothes to have to dry longer. Check these two areas first before going any further due to these checks are simple and may solve the problem.

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I have a Wirlpool cabrio dryer in it's "time remaining" says "AF" the clothes aren't drying. and the lent trap is collecting lint on the wrong side

This is an Air Flow warning error and you should check that the filter is clean and free of lint etc. Make sure it goes back in place correctly. Also check that the vent hose is not kinked or twisted or obstructed and any outside flap is opening correctly. It is well worth taking the outside flap or taking off the vent hose altogether and making sure it is clear of lint, fibres etc and this will cause the AF error.

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Had the same problem. Take the back of the dryer off and vacuum were your lint trap is installed at. Once you take that plate off you will see the lint build up and you will be able to clean it properly.

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The lent sensor is either dirty or is bad. It could also be the control board that is faulty as well. Unless you know electronics and have the proper testing tools, I would recommend calling a service professional. Hope this helps and that you have a fantastic weekend.

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