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Question DetailsAsked on 1/17/2014

Sears will not service my clothes dryer, which is drying clothes VERY slowly, until I have the dryer vent which is

Sears will not service my clothes dryer, which is drying clothes VERY SLOWLY, or not at all, until I have the dryer vent, which goes under the house and through an outside vent to completely exit the house in order to remove the moist air from clothes drying. I have tried using the Angies' List, without any success. The last time this was done to my dryer was June, 2013, by AdvantaCare, which had been rated highly on Angie's List. That does not seem very long ago, especially since I clean the dryer filter inside the machine. Can you advise? 1/17/2014, Amelia Walters

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A working dryer vent is required by the appliance in order to allow the appliance, dryer in this case ,to expel the moist air from the dryer system and away from the structure . NON vented or improperly vented clothes dryers will never work properly as the dryer is prohibited from breathing correctly .As ,Humans or animals breathe ,we exhale huge amounts of carbon dioxide . IF we are continuosly rebreathing the exhaled carbon dioxide , our blood oxygen levels drop, and if we do it long enough ,WE Pass OUT !

So it is a similar scenario with a clothes dryer . If the exhaust is blocked or shut off ,the dryer being unable to exhaust the moisture ladden heated air , begins to loose in effectiveness and clothes remain wet or damp . The same problem occurs if the vent line

is not kept in a strait line and allowed to sag and droop ! Lint will begin to collect in the line sag's and eventually block the discharge , creating the same problem as though the

system were unvented !

For these reasons , in order to keep and validate the warranty, the manufacturer demands a suitable venting system to quarantee proper air flow through the system .

Answered 6 years ago by BentheBuilder


+1 to the previous poster's comments. That was a very good analogy too.

The dryer, for all the reasons listed above, needs to be properly and code approved vented.

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions


You said "until I have the vent" - you did not say if you meant - "have the dryer vent cleaned", or "have the dryer vent installed".

For cleaning, Angie's List has a dryer vent cleaning (or is it duct cleaning) category where you can search for local contractors and their ratings and reviews. Typical cost $45 (for a very minimal job) to 75 on up.

If you meant to install dryer vent duct where there is not one now, this can be done by an HVAC contractor. Probable cost in the $150-300 range usually, though can be more if very difficult to get a legal run or if a ceiling has to be opened up, resulting in added drywall repair and painting too.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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