My electric dryer is inside the hous on the other side of the wall of
my garage. The vent it in a long pipe going outside. Can I went the
dryer into my garage? This would be the shortest, most direct route.
If I cant, is their a specification to how many bends a dryer vent can
have and how long it can be? I have storage space under the house which
is accessible from the garage and the dryer vent hose is in my way. The
"flexible tuning" gets crinkled up every time something hits it.
It is likely to be against the local codes and it is always a bad idea.
You want that moisture out of your home and that includes the garage.
As for the number of bends ect. you need to check the dryer's manual.
You can also get a booster fan if there are too many turns and too far. I
just did that and as soon as my back is a little better I will put it in.
If your in a cold environment forget about it as the condensation and high
humidity aren't worth it. Run the vent outside and don't worry about a few
corners as long as you aren't kinking the vent and restricting airflow.
Instead of messing with the tubing, can you move the dryer closer to an
exterior wall? I had a dryer vented about 15-20 foot went I bought my
house and it had at least 3 turns in the tube. It was next to an
exterior wall so I just took a hammer drill and drilled about 20 holes
and then hit it out with a sledgehammer. Ran the tube right from the
dryer to outside with zero turns and about 3 feet of travel. Dries in
about half the time.
They say not to use that flexible tubing for dryers due to the lint
build-up it will cause. This could be a fire hazard or reduce
efficiency of the dryer. Use standard hvac ducting or PVC. I wouldn't
vent it into a garage or any area where lint will build up.
That would work great. Although they say not to have any screws going
into the vent where lint will collect on it and eventually build up. I
use standard duct clamps and sometimes a little silicone sealant if
Stove pipe would work OK but would eventually rust from the moisture, There
is aluminum dryer vent that is easier to work with. Your choice. When you
vent to the outside, there is a piece that you can put through the hold in
the wall and it has a flapper to close and a flange to make a seal.
Venting into a garage is against building code and hastens the rusting of
Our dryer originally was vented through the roof of the house but it didn't
work well. A man came out and ran the vent pipe through the wall into the
garage then up into the attic and out the soffit. It has worked fine ever
since. I am in FL and there has been no rust problem. My neighbor did the
same thing...she is the one who gave me the man's name.
Don't send it into the garage. The flex venting is okay if you don't have
much length AND you clean it out often. If you have more than 6 feet and
two turns then I would try to redo it using a metal pipe/duct system. The
number of turns depends on the distance and how often you clean it. Also,
the more turns your have obviously the harder it is to clean, especially
using flex. I have 4 turns and about 8 feet in length which is probably too
many turns and length, but I do blow it out once a year and reassemble the
whole thing and fully clean out the line and dryer itself every 2-3 years.
My dryer is next to my garage, venting toward the garage initally and then
runs down under the house to the left and vents in the backyard. We use our
dryer probably about 4-5 hours a week. I just took mine apart last weekend
after a little more than two years and the straight section was somewhere
between 25-40% blocked, but three of the four turns were clear...the last
turn near the outside was slightly blocked. The cleaning of these vents is
one of the most overlooked things in the home. I am surprised there aren't
more fires. But in any case I know the dryer repairmen and parts companies
are happy because an obstructed vent can blow a dryer out in no time. I
learned this the hard way awhile back.
"Plastic dryer vent violates construction code...
According to the mechanical code, dryer vent ducts must be made of metal.
PVC ducts take longer to become warm when the dryer is being used. This
causes steam to condense inside the duct, and this moisture collects lint.
Continued buildup of lint restricts the airflow within the duct, preventing
your clothes from becoming dry."
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