two dryers, one vent hose

Old 03-25-06, 12:31 PM
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two dryers, one vent hose

i've used a gas dryer for about 10 years vented to the outside, but recently i was given an electric dyer. since i also had an electrical hookup in the basement, i decided to use two dryers to make the laundry go faster. i vented the new electric dryer by tying the vent hose into the side of the existing vent hose from the gas dryer, sealed it with duct tape, and i now have two dryers blowing into the same hose to the outside. does anyone see any potential safety problems with that?
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Hello: Mark

No an advisable idea. When the gas dryer is on and the electric is on, back pressure will effect air flow to cause a restriction. Therefore, the serious problem is back flow air in the gas dryer effecting the burner flame. Which is likely to cause some products of combustion to increase and create excessive carbon monoxides,etc. Best and safest method is to individually vent each dryer separately. Your idea to combine vents is not new and never found one the worked properly, safely or effectively.

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