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Old 02-16-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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Default My Dryer doesn't work well, is the duct clogged?

My dryer in my washer/dryer doesn't work well. It took 3 hours to dry some towels. I've made sure the vent is firmly attached and sealed. I've been told my duct could be clogged. I've heard you can go to Home Depot or any hardware store and buy a "dryer vent brush or cleaner"???

Is there a service that can clean this or is this something that I can reasonably address on my own with the brush? If there is a service, who would I call? Do you just call the same service that cleans your heating/AC ducts?
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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The area were the lint goes could be the problem(?). That`s what happened to mine and I got a lint brush at Lowes.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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The area were the lint goes could be the problem(?). That`s what happened to mine and I got a lint brush at Lowes.
Thanks, how did the lint brush work? Did it solve the problem?
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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My lint retreaver is on top of the dryer, So I had to bend the brush(it`s wire) to get in there properly. It worked pretty good but I had to do it a few times to get the stuff out. It solved the problem.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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My DD recently had the same problem...I told her to NOT use the dryer until they checked out the actual vent. Turns out the vent was SO clogged they actually had to replace it, rather than just clean it out.
A heavily clogged vent is a major cause of house fires! Please check yours right away! If not too clogged it is simple to clean it out yourself.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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My DD recently had the same problem...I told her to NOT use the dryer until they checked out the actual vent. Turns out the vent was SO clogged they actually had to replace it, rather than just clean it out.
A heavily clogged vent is a major cause of house fires! Please check yours right away! If not too clogged it is simple to clean it out yourself.
Did you have to hire a service to replace the vent? How much did that cost. I'm just anticipating that in case
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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It will probably run between $50 and $75 to have someone come out and clean the duct. A few things to check before worrying about cleaning it though.

1) If the vent tube is flexible, make sure it isn't kinked. It's very easy to kink them when you scoot the dryer back in place. Also, if your vent tube is plastic, this is a good time to replace it with either rigid tube or at the very least a flexible foil type (rigid is much preferred, as it won't kink and isn't a fire hazard.

2) Make sure the dryer is heating. I've had dozens of calls about similar issues with clothes dryers, and quite a few had nothing wrong with the duct, just a bad heating element or burner.

3) I know this is obvious, but check the lint filter. You wouldn't believe how many people forget to clean it.

If your duct does need to be cleaned, it isn't hard, just a little bit dirty. You can get the brush at HD or Lowes.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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It will probably run between $50 and $75 to have someone come out and clean the duct. A few things to check before worrying about cleaning it though.

1) If the vent tube is flexible, make sure it isn't kinked. It's very easy to kink them when you scoot the dryer back in place. Also, if your vent tube is plastic, this is a good time to replace it with either rigid tube or at the very least a flexible foil type (rigid is much preferred, as it won't kink and isn't a fire hazard.

2) Make sure the dryer is heating. I've had dozens of calls about similar issues with clothes dryers, and quite a few had nothing wrong with the duct, just a bad heating element or burner.

3) I know this is obvious, but check the lint filter. You wouldn't believe how many people forget to clean it.

If your duct does need to be cleaned, it isn't hard, just a little bit dirty. You can get the brush at HD or Lowes.
Hi Jim

Thanks for the advice. I agree with #2) but everyone has told me to check the vent first and make sure it isn't clogged since my dryer is relatively new (4-5 years old) and is a Kenmore Elite. If it's still not drying well, it very well is probably the dryer
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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Had the same problem in the spring with my dryer. We had moved into a new house a few months earlier, so my husband checked the vent outside. There was a bird's nest and a ton of lint in there. The amount of crap he pulled out of it was unbelievable!!

Definitely check that first (or, also check it along with making sure your dryer is heating).
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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I had the same problem. The vent to the outside was fine and the dryer lint filter was clean. The culprit was the flexible hose connecting the dryer to the vent...packed full of lint. We just tossed it and connected a new one for a few bucks.
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