My wife complained that the dryer has been running for 3 1/2 hours.
I just replaced the vent hose a couple of weeks ago and the dryer has
been working fine.
Now I went down to the basement to see what was going on and the vent
hose is full of water. Gallons.
We're getting ready to put our house on the market, really didn't want
to buy new appliances just to give them away.
What's causing the condensation to occur if it really is exhaust
moisture? I'm guessing it's either outside water or another leak
somehow getting in not from the dryer itself; never seen that kind of
water volume in a dry discharge--it's hot and in vapor phase unless
something is going to somehow block air flow and condense it out.
If there really are *gallons*, as the OP says, then the hose has a low
spot- which as soon as it fills becomes a bit of a condenser and
doesn't allow any venting.
If this is a gas dryer the OP is risking CO poisoning. If it is an
electric, then his only fear is burning his house down.
Indeed but the point I was making was what caused this to initiate to
begin with to collect that first amount of sufficient magnitude? Never
seen such a thing from dryer exhaust alone; can't imagine it.
replying to Jim Elbrecht, Matt Hohmann wrote:
My wife did the exact same thing said it was taken about three to three and a
half hours for the clothes to dry so I checked the vent from outside and also
from inside where the dryer hooks to the wall I use my Shop-Vac and literally
got gallons of water along with mass quantity of lint buildup. I have also never
heard or seen anything like this until I saw it for myself.
check for a low spot in line like a drip loop that allows water to
collect, that happened to me.
and make certain the vent hood is open and unobstructed, it might be
another less likely is a kid with a hose sprayed water down your vent
The man at an appliance store that has been in the business for many
years (think he is very knowledgeable) told me he often goes on
service calls for driers not drying well. He finds the vent hose full
of water. The cause is often they have never fully cleaned the lint
filter on the drier. Check the link trap/
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replying to norminn, Big_Will wrote:
This can absolutely happen just dumped a gallon out of my dry hose other sites
say you can get 1-2 gallons the water is coming from the wet clothes and
condensing in the hose before it can get exhausted. If the dryer hose is too
long or restricted condensation will occur in the pipe and water will coalesce
back down to the low spot in the vent. in my case I repaired the heater element
and while the unit was down I cleaned the inside of the unit completely. My big
mistake was not understanding the vent hose it was about 4feet long and after
clamping it in place I crinkled it up after sliding the unit back into place.
Another previous comment Dre doubt on the ability of the hose clamps to hold 16
pounds of water. It is possible, in fact I was surprised this tinfoil looking
hose could even hold water it is so easy to puncture a hole and was amazed it
held water while I unclamped it and carried it full of water to the outside to
I know this is an OLDS thread - but it bears repeating. A drier vent
should NOT be a HOSE.
The vent should be an aluminum hard duct, run straight up from the
drier,then sloped downwards to the external vent the same as a
plumbing drain. It should be taped at all joints, not screwed (screws
catch lint, causing the pipe to plug). The duct should be assembled
with all internal joints pointed "downstream" for the same reason. Any
vent in "unconditioned space" should be insulated if more than4-6
feet. Look into the magnrtic duct connectors (google "magvent") to
eliminate the problem with flexible connections to the drier, or use
the optional side outlet on the drier if space connects. Virtually all
driers are convertible to side outlet - and it is a very simple job.
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