How To Clean Your Clothes Dryer Vent (with pictures)


I read a home fire safety article recently and it inspired me to clean the hot air exhaust vent on our clothes dryer. I also figured it would help the appliance run more efficiently and cost us less money to use.
I used a wet/dry shop vacuum, but just doing the cleaning by hand works really well too. I took pictures of the process and created a quick guide.
Here's the gallery - http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Clothes-Dryer-Exhaust-Vent-Lint-Cleaning-Guide
There were some small holes around the part of the hose that connects to the outside vent, so I used metal HVAC duct tape to create a better seal. That should prevent any of the hot air from entering the house and making the air conditioner work harder.
I hope someone finds it to be useful.
Cheers, Paul Michaels Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Clothes-Dryer-Exhaust-Vent-Lint-Cleaning-Guide
Paul.... Get rid of that ribbed flex hose. Smooth 4 inch aluminum vent pipe is less restriction. Faster drying time and longer electric heater life. I did appliance repair for 40 years. ww
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Ditto on that. I replaced my flex hose to rigid and the drying time was cut by a lot.
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Once I started using a front load washer, my dry time was reduced substantially.
If I replace my ribbed flex hose with rigid, I'll probably just have to show my wet clothes to the dryer and they'll be done!
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responding to http://www.homeownershub.com/maintenance/How-To-Clean-Your-Clothes-Dryer-Vent-with-pictures-517222-.htm nirmal wrote:
Paul Michaels wrote:

http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Clothes-Dryer-Exhaust-Vent-Lint-Cleaning-Guide
------------------------------------- Really useful posting on cleaning clothes dryer vent. I did not know the hazard involved in dryer vent. After reading your article i am inclined to check my dryer vent and inspect for any holes. Hopeful i should not find any because my clothes dyer is a new one. Nirmal Patil
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On Sep 20, 1:21am, nirmal.patil_at_hotmail_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (nirmal) wrote:

I stick the end of my gas powered yard blower in ours occasionally.
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Paul Michaels wrote:

If you can find the right sized cat, they work pretty well also.
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On Sep 20, 9:12am, FatterDumber& Happier Moe

Why waste time trying to find the right sized one? They're easy to trim to fit.
R
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On Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:01:25 -0700, Paul Michaels wrote:

I pull the whole back off ours occasionally - it's amazing how much stuff gets caught in the channel which runs between the drum and the suction fan. Performance is noticably better each time.
I've got around 12' of ribbed flex hose on ours... one day I'll get around to replacing it with rigid pipe!
cheers
Jules
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On Sep 20, 7:31pm, Jules Richardson

I would think that it would be one of your priorities.
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