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Hello, My name is Eric and have some issues w our dryer. #1 The dryer not working well i believe due to the vent duct/hose didn't seem to be properly done or sized in the back and there is really a poor poor seal on the back of the dryer and going into the floor. #2 There doesn't appear to be lent in the hose so wondering how to clean lent out of the back i guess. #3 Came home and my wife had attempted to take the back off inside the dryer in what she believed was to clean out lent. She had heard to do this second hand. long story short what looks liked a wheel in the back came off its track. A chop stick was used to prop the wheel back up into place to put the screws back. At this point it was decided to stop and put everything back until consulting someone. * A pieced of the cop stick broke off and fell to the bottom of the inside of the dryer. I turned the dryer on for a minute and observed that overheated hair dryer smell. I know believe that the piece of wood is a fire hazard and i need to address the vent hose and where should I be cleaning lent out and how often beside from the lent screen. Thank you for your attention to this email and any assistance you could provide me. Eric Schmidt 617-549-4707 ericfrombeantown@yahoo.com

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Hi Eric i thnk i understand . let me say this i have 2 brothers in the appliance service"s and my wife say's if you don"t get this fixed I'm going to call one of them .. ( get the message ) now back to your problem . the vent that is on the back of the dryer needs to be cleaned at least once a year and so does the inside of the dryer . this prvents lint fires and will save mone on the drying and the clothes . so the stick that holds the wheel . ?? I think you ar talking about the belt idler not kinwing the brand or model # if the belt is broken the idler will not tenson . you may need to clean out the dry and replace the belt and idler . and problem solved and then next year doo it again . like getting ready for spring cleaning .. hope this has helped mm . feed backk pls . and brand & model # pls ..

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HI, Check the following to address this issue further.


1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task. The blower housing should be disassembled, and cleaned in this case.

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HI, Check the following to address this issue further.

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However, if the air meets any resistance from kinks, excessive bends, or sags, moisture will build up inside the dryer vent exhaust causing the lint to stick to the interior walls of the vent hose. Over time this lint builds up and forms a clog. With a clog comes condensation and longer dry times. The dryer will continue to run inefficiently and cause the heating circuits to work harder and overheat. This will eventually lead to a failure of the heating circuits. If you are seeing condensation inside the dryer, it is strongly recommended the you inspect and clean the dryer exhaust vent hose. You should repeat this a couple of times a year to ensure it remains obstruction free.

The most frequent causes of dryer vent clogs comes from the following:

1. Ducting that runs in an upward direction in homes that have an attic exhaust. This is a stupid design that gravity will always win. When the dryer shuts offf, anything left in the vent will fall down the ducting to the base of the wall and accumulate. Over time, this forms a clog.

2. Ducting that runs under the home in a crawl space. If not correctly hung from the rafters, the ducting will develop sags causing choke points where lint can accumulate. Leaving it on the ground is not the answer, either. This gives opportunity for rodents to possibly chew through it. This will cause leaks which exhausts warm moist air under your home resulting in mold and mildew.

3. Using plastic dryer vent hose. This type of hose is not recommended because it kinks easily and can get crushed, causing an obstruction where lint can clog. Rodents can also chew through it easily. Pushing the dryer up against the wall and crushing the hose is a common cause. Use the semi-rigid metal type ducting that resists crushing, kinks and rodent infestation.

4. Rodents. Mice love lint. If given the access to it, they will build inside the dryer vent hose which provides a nice warm place to live with lots of bedding material. Make sure you exhaust vent on the exterior of your home is about 12 inches from the ground.

5. Exhaust vent screens. I know there are many types of exhaust vents on the market that you can purchase that have screens on them to prevent birds and rodents from entering them. The screen can actually become and obstruction, though. The smaller the opening, the more resistance the blower fan meets and lint will clog at the end of the exhaust. If you chose to use a protected exhaust vent, the ones with louvers work better. You will still need to periodically check the ensure it does not become clogged.

6. Excessively long vent hose. The rule of thumb when it comes to dryer vent ducting is: The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the run, the BETTER. Excessively long dryer vent hoses will clog due to the fact that the blower fan is not able to push all the air and lint all the way to the exhaust.

7. Kinked, Excessively Bent, or Crushed vent hoses. If the vent has any choke points due to kinks, bends, or gets crushed behind the dryer, you will develop ponts where the exhaust vent will clog.

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r389357-dryer_ducting_installation_tips

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Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
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Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

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2. Thermostat
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1. Ducting that runs in an upward direction in homes that have an attic exhaust. This is a stupid design that gravity will always win. When the dryer shuts offf, anything left in the vent will fall down the ducting to the base of the wall and accumulate. Over time, this forms a clog.

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5. Exhaust vent screens. I know there are many types of exhaust vents on the market that you can purchase that have screens on them to prevent birds and rodents from entering them. The screen can actually become and obstruction, though. The smaller the opening, the more resistance the blower fan meets and lint will clog at the end of the exhaust. If you chose to use a protected exhaust vent, the ones with louvers work better. You will still need to periodically check the ensure it does not becoe clogged.

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7. Kinked, Excessively Bent, or Crushed vent hoses. If the vent has any choke points due to kinks, bends, or gets crushed behind the dryer, you will develop ponts where the exhaust vent will clog.

The following link may also help in providing some basic guidance on how to install dryer vent hose:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r389357-dryer_ducting_installation_tips

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HI, Check the following to address this issue further.

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1. Venting
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Cleaning the lint trap of the dryer may is not enough in some cases. I suspect you may have a problem with the vent ducting that extends from the the exhaust of the dryer to where it exits your home. The majority of dryer heat realted problems are due to poor ventilation and clogged vents. I dryer left in this condition will overheat to the point of failure. Not to mention, this creates a fire hazard and a habitat for rodents.

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