Looking for some information regarding lint build-up on the grate covering
the exterior exhaust for my dryer.
Since changing over from the flexible tube to the straight metal pipe, I
have had to go outside and remove the lint that has built up on the screen
covering the dryer exhaust about every 10 days or so. I am hesitant to just
remove the grate covering from the exhaust because it is supposed to keep
out any critters while the dryer is operating and holding the cover open.
Is this common? Is there a reasonable fix? Has this question already been
posted somewhere and I missed it?
Animals don't get in while the dryer is keeping the door open, no animal
worth its salt will approach the hot, wet wind that is smelling of washing
chemicals and softener. They get in when the dryer is NOT working by opening
the door (I have seen birds do this) and climbing in and building a nest.
They can build a nest in a day, and totally block the duct.
Now that you got rid of that junk duct, the current one is allow much
more velocity and it is likely cleaning out built up line in the system
(this will reduce in time). You also may want to check your dryer's lint
trap, make sure it is OK.
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