Appliance Parts and Repair: Clother Dryer Vent (Exhaust) Cleaning

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009  

Clother Dryer Vent (Exhaust) Cleaning- CLICK HERE!

The MOST important periodic maintenance for any dryer is a clear exhaust.

Many clothes dryer failures can be traced back to an improperly maintained vent system. This causes premature failure of the dryer bearings, dryer elements, dryer ignitors and other critical dryer parts.
  • For best drying results and safety, clean the lint filter before each load.
  • When drying only one or two items, toss in a few items of varying size to promote good tumbling action and improve drying results. Many times, I will through in clean damp towels to keep things tumbling well.
  • Dryers with an Auto-Dry cycle will not dry properly with a very small load in the tumbler.
  • Never use white plastic exhaust duct on any dryer!! This material is not only flammable, but it increases drying time tremendously!
  • Do not use the foil-looking stuff, either! Use only flexible metal duct or rigid duct. The new periscope vent kits also work well for dryers in tight spaces and will eliminate any chance of hose kinking.
  • Improper venting or a clogged vent will give the following results:
  • Long drying times
  • Clothes are too hot at end of cycle
  • Dryer is noisier than it is supposed to be
  • Clothes still hot and damp after cycle ends
  • Automatic sensors fail to shut off
  • Premature failure of heating element, motor or bearings

If your vent runs vertically, such as thru a wall to the roof, expect extended drying times (not to mention premature failure of the motor, drum rollers and heater).

Fortunately, we carry the best products for any homeowner to use to maintain a safe and efficient dryer!


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Your excellent guidelines will be of great help to many. Nice post. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks!
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