Water Problem with dryer

Old 07-12-04, 09:16 PM
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Water Problem with dryer

We have a older gas dryer that has worked great. We recently moved and have begun to have problems with it. First, we have noticed water collecting at the door and inside the door (near the lint collector) to the point that if we leave clothes in the dryer for a few hours, we experience mildew. I am wondering if it is a problem with the vent line as we have only now realized problems. In addition, every once in a while, the dryer will shut off due to overheating and not restart until it cools down. The 4" vent line runs approx. 20 feet long with 2 elbows and is located about 8 ft above the dryer vent duct discharge port. Help Please???
Old 07-13-04, 06:02 AM
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Hello Joe Clay. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Most likely that vent line is either restricted or clogged. May also be the vent hoods internal flapper valve or plate is not fully opening. The flapper door inside the exhaust must be able to freely open and close.

Unplug the dryer from the electrical power source. Turn off the gas to the machine at the gas supply line. There sure be a shut off valve on the supply pipe for this purpose.

Once that is accomplished, pull the machine out so you can access behind it. Being careful not to damage the gas line or venting system.

Once that is done, disconnect the vent from the dryer. Than remove the panel access to the interior back side of the machine. Clean as needed. Reinstall the back panel.

To clean the venting system you'll most likely have to remove the venting plastic tubing if plastic is used. Best bet is to simply replace it with new tubing. It's inexpensive & easy to work with.

If the venting system is metal tubing, it may have to be disconnected in sections etc to access the inside and clean it out.

Do not forget to inspect and clean as needed the outside vent hood. Inside the hood is a flapper vent. It should freely be able to flap up and down. If not free it up and or replace it.

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