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Old 09-14-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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I think I know the answer..

I just got an electric dryer. In a different home I had a dryer that the venting was behind walls and the dryer just hooked up to a hole in the wall. But, in this home I have a long dryer vent apparatus in an unfinished area of the basement that has silver tape on it and I can't be sure there aren't leaks.

If there are small leaks is there anything dangerous about that? Like carbon monoxide?

I ask because after doing the laundry for the first time I do have a headache.

I have googled it and it says no... for an electric dryer. Which this is. And I have carbon monoxide detectors ... but, still headache.

What do you say?
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:19 PM
 
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CO (carbon monoxide) is a by-product of combustion (burning things), which isn't a feature found with Electric appliances. So no, there is no way you can have a CO leak from an electric dryer. There's nothing at all dangerous about the output, other than it can be moist and lead to mold over the long term (only if you live where there are already moisture issues, there don't tend to be basements in those kinds of areas though).
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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No, electric heat cannot create carbon monoxide.

It is advisable to vent any dryer to get the moisture out of the house.
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Old 09-14-2019, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Electric resistance and CO are not used in the same sentence!

Your headache is just from doing laundry- I get headaches from doing dishes! So, I don't do them- there's a dish fairy in my house that does them!
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It certainly doesn't hurt to have a CO detector around regardless of your dryer's heat source.
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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You are worrying over nothing. An electric dryer is essentially a great big space heater with a tumbler.
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:12 PM
 
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It certainly doesn't hurt to have a CO detector around regardless of your dryer's heat source.

As already mentioned this is by-product of burning something. If you have anything in your house that burns oil, gas, coal, wood, kerosene etc. a CO detector is something you should have. It's undetectable by humans or regular smoke detector.



I'm not sure what purpose you would have for one otherwise, a smoke detector is much more applicable for other reasons.
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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If you think the silver exhaust vent piping has leaks, get a roll of duct tape to fix it. If dryer is running, you should be able to feel any leaks with your hand. It's just warm humid air going through there.

Your headache came from something else.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:35 AM
 
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It certainly doesn't hurt to have a CO detector around regardless of your dryer's heat source.
God I weep for the reading comprehension of America... the original post says I have them.
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:26 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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God I weep for the reading comprehension of America... the original post says I have them.
Errrr, s/he wasn't suggesting you needed them.
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