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So lets look at how we can determine if a venting problem is in our future.
Manufacturers generally suggest a venting length of 15 feet (and two elbows) to be maximum. But true venting length can be deceptive. ”So how do I know if my venting is too long”?
The true length of your venting is determined as follows: 1. Measure all straight lengths and add them together 2. Count all turns or elbows and multiply this number by 4 3. Add up totals Example Since an elbow or turn is equivalent to an additional 4 feet of pipe 20 feet of venting with 4 turns would actually be: 20 feet + 4X4 feet = 36 feet Don’t be surprised by true equivalent length of your venting. In modern homes it can be substantially longer than manufacturers suggested maximum. If blockage becomes critical dryer will stop doing its job properly. As a homeowner watch for following signs that venting may be starting to block.
·Clothes coming out wet ·Excess lint left on clothes at cycle end ·Inside of dryer feels wet ·Taking too long to dry a load ·Clothes very hot at end of cycle ·Electrical consumption greatly increased
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“So who is to blame for this problem”?
I say there is no culprit in this scenario. If you want to blame anything, blame our fast paced lifestyle. Gone are times when laundry day was a full days work. We all want instant gratification and instantaneous results - even with our laundry chores. So as a consumer what can you do to alleviate this problem?
Well you certainly can't move laundry room. The best thing you can do is to be aware that problem exists. Consider taking down venting and cleaning out lint buildup during your annual spring cleaning. Also, regularly walk outside and check vent cap where it exits your house. Remove any lint buildup and make sure flap moves freely. If you see a lot of activity from birds in you backyard check it immediately. They simply love to build nests inside vent cap. Other than previous suggestions a little common sense might avert a tragedy. Do not operate your dryer while asleep, out of house, or next door at neighbours. And always remember old saying that states "better safe than sorry".
Copyright 2004 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett is an appliance service manager in Ottawa, Canada. In the trade over 30 years as both a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. For more information about appliances including FAQ, Stain guide, Recycling, and Newsletter visit http://www.mgservices.ca