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Old 09-21-2012, 07:59 AM   #1
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Default 9 Ways to Keep Your Washer and Dryer Healthyhttp://www.washerdryerinfo.com/Features/9-Ways-to-Keep-Your-Washer-Dryer-Healthy.

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I didn't know about the washer filter. And I'm glad to know about keeping the washer lid open - ours is smelling musty.
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Our idiot home designer, we live in a cookie cutter high end subdivision, placed the laundry room in the exact geographic center of the floor plan. We count 7 90 degree bends, with a throw of total tube length of 30 feet to vent the dryer.

We have had 3 close calls of smoldering dryer lint, that never went beyond the smoldering stage, even though we have a service clean the vents once a year.

Ugh.

The long vent plus 90 degree angles mean drying times are very very long, with a higher risk of fire. Nothing can be done but be vigilent. We never allow the dryer to run while we are gone, nor at night when we are asleep.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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That's right, blame "me" for the dryer problems....I'm just trying to do my job but somebody has to clean me out every now and then or I can get a little hot under the collar.

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Its a good idea to clean out the vent tube and outside vent cover periodically. The lint trap doesn't get everything and it can accumulate in the tube. I don't know what you would do with 30 feet of tube! But if your having long dry times you can bet its got lint accumulation. There is a diverter you can install to recover heat in the winter time:

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At least that would minimize lint accumulation in the winter

These brushes work well to clean the air paths in the dryer itself:

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Add to those to wash the lint trap once a month or so. Dryer sheets and fabric softener leaves a film on it and things don't dry as fast.
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Our idiot home designer, we live in a cookie cutter high end subdivision, placed the laundry room in the exact geographic center of the floor plan. We count 7 90 degree bends, with a throw of total tube length of 30 feet to vent the dryer.

We have had 3 close calls of smoldering dryer lint, that never went beyond the smoldering stage, even though we have a service clean the vents once a year.

Ugh.

The long vent plus 90 degree angles mean drying times are very very long, with a higher risk of fire. Nothing can be done but be vigilent. We never allow the dryer to run while we are gone, nor at night when we are asleep.
WHOA!!!!

Makes one wonder how in the heck plans like that got through plan check before a building permit was issued!!

There are times when architects and contractors forget things like code and common sense, IMO, in the process of designing a structure for maximum use of square footage and or trying to maximize every penny of profit.

Not to mention one would assume that in the actual process of the structure being built, that a building inspector (as part of the permitting process) would have noticed that.
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