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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2014

I have moisture in my dryer vent, who do I call for repair

My dryer was taking a long time to dry and saw moisture in lint trap. Had dryer duct cleaned out, vent cap checked. Bought new dryer, but have not hooked up yet, since moisture is still coming out of PVC pipe duct. What type of repair person do I call ? had roofer here, said vent cap was good, so moisture not from rain

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Moisture in and around a dryer vent is serious because it can cause mildew and mold to grow. First, empty the dryer lint trap after every load. Second, remove the dryer hose and be sure that it is not clogged with lint. Be sure that your dryer hose is installed properly and is not kinked. (Proper installation and maintenance of clothes dryer exhaust vents, filters, and lint screens are important for safety (avoiding fires) as well as important in keeping the operating costs of clothes drying down to a minimum by making sure that the dryer operates efficiently.) Lastly, check outside to be sure the outside vent is clean and working properly.

Else, contact a general contractor or repairman (maybe air duct / dryer vent cleaner) to check the vent to see if it is within standard building codes and possibly reinstall. The repairman should also check the wall for possible moisture damage and insect activity.

Source: Mary Marlowe Leverette, Laundry & Laundry Rooms

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9005063


Sounds like the heating element (electric) or burner (gas) had failed on your dryer - or a thermostat failed, so the dryer was not heating up, or not to fulltemp at least, so was not drying properly. Probably would have been worth fixing the old one - usually $100-150 range for that kind of repair.

If you have a straight duct shot to the roof, you should be able to hold a small hand mirror in the bottom of the duct and look up the pipe - if you see a dislocated joint or full daylight through the top then you need to get the pipe fixed. Otherwise, you should see a straight pipe, with light coming in from the side (through the cap) only from the sides at the very top.

Anyway, I imagine you just accumulated moisture in the duct because your dryer was turning out wet, cool air which condensed in the duct - which is now dripping down out of the duct. Unless this goes on for days on end when raining (indicating a leak from the roof), then hooking up the new dryer and running it will clear that moisture out in minutes.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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