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Question DetailsAsked on 11/12/2016

What do I use to see if my dryer vent is plugged. It runs the length of the house and connects to basement bath fan

No airflow to outside and new dryer takes long to dry clothes. I disconnected dryer vent and covered it with nylon and it works fine. How do I find blockage. Basement ceiling is all finished.

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WHOA - cut the nylon stocking gig - that will block lint and mosture and quickly restrict the airflow through the dryer, which can cause overheating and a fire - not to mention once the lint backs up a bit it will clog the fan which drives the air through the vent ducting. The ducting is supposed to blow out any lint that gets past the lint trap in the dryer, NOT be stopped along the way (except in the cleanable lint trap, which gets probably 90-95% of it).

You need to fix the problem and not use the dryer till it is fixed, nylon or no nylon - and get rid of the long run and the connection to the bathroom fan. If over 25 effective feet (so commonly about 10-20 actual lineal LF after the longer effective length of bends are taken into account) it is illegal - and tying it into a bathroom fan duct is also illegal and dangerous. Contact a Heating and AC contractor to properly reroute it a shorter distance through the nearest feasible exterior wall, and to remove the wye or tee where it tied into the bathroom fan. IF a short easy exposed run to an outside wall that it can be put through (assuming readily cut-thorugh siding) some Appiance Repair - Large contractors will also do this. Also handymen, though unless you already know a conscientious one, tossing the dice as to whether he know sthe code requirements and will do a proper job so your system does not have a risk of a lint fire.

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