On the back of our new Kenmore dryer, it says that only metal piping should
be used for venting the dryer, and that plastic and foil are a fire hazard?
Our old dryer has used foil piping for years...
Anyone care to comment?
At times, I wonder if there's any thought process at all
in the American manufacturing sector.
A. A dryer is usually positioned "against the wall"
B. They want to require ridgid metal ductwork.
C. How in Gods name do you get behiond the dryer,
connect the ridgid duct, then push it into place ?
If they were really THINKING,
they'd vent the dryer duct from the top !
Always metal. The other stuff can cause problems, like fire. Just ask
your local fire department what they think of the other vents. Also
remember, no screws securing the pipe and make sure all pipes from the dryer
side slip into the next pipe, not the other way around.
The plastic and foil vent hoses have all kinds of ridges that can
catch lint and allow it to build up. While a fire is unlikely, the
chances are increased with that setup. I had a house that had had a
dryer fire, so it does happen.
With the metal pipe, you'll have the shortest distance to the outside,
as opposed to the flexible stuff winding all over the place. Shorter
distance and less lint means less air resistance, which means your
clothes will dry faster.
In my houses, I've always replaced the flexible hoses with metal
piping. All you need are a pair of tin snips and some foil tape (not
duct tape). Sheet metal screws are good too, but the foil tape holds
the sections together very well. In other words, while the metal pipe
may not be as easy to install as flexible hose, it still doesn't
qualify as anything close to difficult. Worth the effort IMHO.
Pictured is the dryer before we cleaned it and the danger involved in
using the white vinyl venting. I say it again. If you have the white
vinyl venting on your dryer, redo the vent with good pipe and save
your self lots of dollars in power savings and maybe even save your
life from a burnt house. There are many aluminum semi-rigid, flexible,
rigid products that does a good job in venting. Use the white vinyl
stuff if you insist, but don't be surprised when problems occur, and
don't be surprised if you burn your home down. Picture of the dryer -
These folks were lucky!! They were right on the verge of a major fire.
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