We have an older Kenmore or Whirlpool clothing dryer (13 years old) and it is not drying well. Clothing dryer not drying clothes needs multiple cycles to dry. The drying cycle would always require 2 or 3 full drying cycles. We pulled the dryer away from the wall and there was a small amount of water behind the dryer on the ground. I did some checking and found that there was a massive amount of clothing lint and water clogged up in the vent hose. Should I use heat resist duct tape on the vent hose and check my outside air flow where the vent expels the heat? Maybe I should just replace my old dryer? If I do get a new dryer will the company replace the ventilation hose as part of the install?
25-35% of all dryer problems is a heat exhaust issue. The vent hose exhausts the air and all moisture from your clothing. All this air and moisture go out of the dryer and into the vent hose. The vent hose then leads to either the roof or usually the side of your home. If your dryer ventilation is packed with heavy lint, it will not be possible to remove the moisture out of the clothes and they will not dry well. There is a huge blockage of lint somewhere in the vent exhaust. This is why there is a blob of wet lint behind your dryer.
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No need to buy a new dryer. The only thing you must do is clean out dryer vent exhaust starting from the dryer to the outside of your house. You could simply call a local dryer vent cleaning company and have them clean that vent for you! If the dryer has been there 13 years, then there is a massive amount of lint in there for sure. Clean the vent once a year to prevent dryer fires.
If you want to clean the complete dryer vent line, you can use a toilet snake. Feed it through the exterior vent outside to help breakup any lint build up. When doing this you will most likely have lint pouring out into the inside of your home. Clean all the lint up and use the toilet snake or plumbing snake once again from the inside to the outside to be sure all lint is removed.
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If your dryer vent exhaust hose is in bad shape, you may as well order a new dryer vent hose to make this issue never happen again. If you have holes in your dryer vent exhaust hose, then heat is being expelled into your home. If it is summer time, all this is doing is adding heat into your home. Check the vent hose, if it is ripped or has holes, replace it ASAP. Once you clean the vent out and everything is hooked back up, run your dryer for a test. You should have perfect air flow coming out of the exterior vent. We would recommend to do the vent cleaning yourself and save about $150.00 dollars. If you do not have a toilet snake, use a shop-vac with a long extension instead.
Here are a few tricks you can try:
On older dryers, there is a pull-out lint screen on top. Pull the lint screen out completely and run the dryer. Add some lint in where the lint screen was and see if it gets pulled in by airflow suction. This indicates the air flow is working properly.
If you MUST dry clothes in a rush, remove the vent hose to the dryer and run the dryer. Lint will come out of the vent tube but have a bucket or something to catch it.
To check that the dryer is expelling the hot air, use caution and touch the vent hose behind dryer. If it is hot then air flow is flowing.
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