My dryer is getting hot but, the clothes are not drying as they used to.
It's up to two hours to dry a fairly small load. I have ruled out the
heating element as it gets quite hot. If the exhaust is partially
plugged up with lint, could that cause this problem. If so, what is the
best way to clear the duct? I cleaned the duct from the dryer into the
wall. It goes into the wall but I don't know where it ends up outside.
Maybe on the roof?
Can I blow it clean with a shopvac? Any ideas? TIA Chuck B.
It sounds like the exhaust must be clogged. You need to find out where it is
venting and be sure it has no more length and bends than the manufacturer
recommends. The outside discharge damper is a likely place for lint to
Agreed. It may ave anything in there at the vent end, even a bird nest.
If the blockage is far enough away, it may not pose a fire hazard from the
dryer heat at least, but the dryer will be working overtime and fail soon if
ChuckB, the dryer i gather is in an interior room not along an exterior
wall? Have you a crawlspace or attic? The vent will be either below in the
crawlspace, or above in the Attic. If you have a not high 'attic' you might
call that a crawlspace too where you are.
We rented a place once where the dryer vented to the attic and up through
the roof. Over time, the roof 'cap' over the vent degraded and rain started
running down (horribly unsafe so we fixed it right way). Once we replaced
the cap, we got a new vent coil. We detached the old at the dryer and
attached the new one to the dryer, then 'sewed' the new one to the old one
and pulled the old one with new at the bottom up that way to the attic. It
worked for us.
First make sure the dryer is 'blowing' hot air, on some models you can
sometimes check this by taking out the lint filter, while the dryer is
running. Because if the blower fan has jammed (perhaps needs to be
taken apart lubricated or replaced?) and or a belt driving that fan
has snapped there will be no hot damp air exhaust blowing from the
After that the most likley cause would seem to be a blocked exhaust
vent. Somewhere; maybe the outside flap is jammed closed or damaged?
Or full of lint, or has rusted and collapsed etc.
Dryers should always vent outside. NEVER vent into an attic or other
space. You don't want all that damp hot air condensing up there in say
a cold attic, causing mould and rot; replacing a rotted roof is
Try drying a small load with the dryer disconnected from the vent. Monitor
closely - hot moist air blowing out of the dryer? Load dries about the
They make a brush attachment for a drill that you push in the vent pipe to
clean it. But you should find where the exit vent is. These little louver
vents they use these days are prone to get lint on the flaps and they don't
open fully. Get this clean and your close will dry normally.
Note that the exit is probably within 20 ft or so of the dryer and
depending on where the dryer is, it probably doesn't go thru the roof....
Before you do anything, you should locate the exhaust vent and make sure
it is open at the exit end. You should also be able to tell whether
there is any air coming out when the dryer is running. It seems to me,
a non-expert, that it would be highly unusual for the duct to be so
completely blocked with lint that there would be no air flow, so that my
help determine what the problem is. We recently had our old dryer
repaired. It had a broken shaft on the fan, so it made a horrible noise
starting up but would run well ... ran a much longer time than normal to
get the clothes dry. Could it be the fan motor not operating?
Replace the vent. I had the same problem, same symptoms, and cleaned
out the vent, stuck the leaf blower in it, nothing worked. I could
feel hot air coming out where it vented at the house, but it still
I replaced the vent, and it worked like a charm.
Replace the vent, don't even bother blowing it out.
I think I even got the advice from this newsgroup...
I'd leave the flex as short as possible and use metal duct for as much
of the vent as possible. The flex does increase restriction even if
it's clean (speaking of which, I meant to follow my own advice but
This learned years ago: Don't use zip screws for dryer ducts. They catch
dust, and clog up the air flow. Slip the parts together, and wrap the joint
with duct tape.
Yep, flex sure has a lot of air resistance. Very good reminder.
As a bachelor living alone, I clothesline dry all my clothes. Indoors, too.
Short walk from the washing machine and no electric bill for drying.
Christopher A. Young;
"N8N" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I will add one more, if it is electric, it is possible that it may be
running at 50%. (120 vs 240 volts.) You may want to check that out AFTER
checking the venting, which I believe is the most likely problem.
Thanks Joe. I bought a brush at Harbor Freight that is designed to clean
the vent. I still haven't found the the vent on the outside of the
house. The guy next door has the same model of house. I'll have to ask
him. (It's my daughter's house that has the problem.) Chuck
Pack the dryer with crumpled news paper. Light them on fire, and turn the
dryer on. Look for the smoke coming out of your house. On second thought,
maybe just use a military surplus smoke grenade. On third thought, just do
what Joseph says.
Or, you could walk around and look for the square vent with the flapper.
Christopher A. Young;
"Joseph Meehan" < email@example.com> wrote in message
I walked around the house and found no square vent or flapper. I looked
behind every bush. I'll ask the neighbor. I think he speaks English. At
least he smiles and waves in English.
I like the idea of using a smoke bomb ha ha
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