Cleaning Clothes Dryer Venting – Simple Ways to Improve the Efficiency of your Dryer

Cleaning Clothes dryer Venting

Proper installation and maintenance is essential for home appliances including gas and electric clothes dryers. Following the following simple installation guidelines and recommend maintenance procedures will have a positive impact on performance, longevity, and energy efficiency.

General Installation Guidelines:

It is imperative that clothes dryers are installed correctly. Improper installation could harm the dryer and may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Ensure the dryer is level. This will ensure that clothing inside the dryer is tumbling properly which is an essential part of drying clothing. Also, leveling a dryer will allow the clothing to make contact with the moisture sensor when using auto dry cycles.

Always use dryers in a heated location within your home. Using a dryer in an unheated part of the home can cause the dryer to condense or sweat especially in the cooler months.

Do not block the front of the dryer while in use. Dryers draw air at the door in the front of the unit and blocking airflow may adversely affect drying results and machine longevity.

Consult the instruction manual and installation instructions included with the appliance to be sure that proper ducting is installed. Recommendations to review include number of elbows in duct run, length of duct run, and materials to be used.

Venting from dryer to hard ductwork should be metal only. Plastic flexible duct is not recommended. Flexible metal is acceptable but semi-rigid metal venting is preferred. Semi-rigid ductwork allows for the best airflow which allows the dryer to rid itself of excess heat and humidity. Restricted airflow may cause heat and humidity build up in the drum causing the dryer to be hot to the touch, sweat, artificially increase drying times, and greater wear of clothing.

For best operation, use a high quality wall cap on the outside of the home four inches in diameter. Also, louvered grills are recommended to prevent entrance from outside air, debris, and animals.

Always make sure that you are using the proper heat setting for the clothing fabrics in the machine. This will ensure proper drying and the least amount of damage to clothing fibers.

Periodic Dryer maintenance:

Clean the filter before EVERY use. A clean filter provides better airflow, efficiency, and performance. Seriously neglected filters could pose a fire hazard.

Inspect and clean exhaust ducting at least once per year to prevent clogging or otherwise restricted air flow. Even a partially clogged duct can hinder performance and energy consumption.

Check outside wall cap for obstructions including excessive build up of lint. Make sure that the air flow is not being blocked by ice, snow, or brush.

Conclusion

– Today’s gas and electric dryers hold more clothing than ever, use less energy, and are extremely reliable. Following the about guidelines should ensure excellent drying results, greater product satisfaction, and greater longevity.

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