Fitting a Tumble Dryer Vent

connecting a dryer venting hose
  • 1-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-150
What You'll Need
Dryer vent kit

A tumble dryer vent is a very desirable piece of equipment which can be used to take moisture and lint from the dryer and deliver it to the outside of the home. The dryer vent pushes hot air into the drum, uses it to dry clothes, and then moves the air out of a gap through the wall. If you have some home improvement skills, then by following some simple advice, you should be able to complete the installation within a few hours.

Step 1 - Fit the Vent

You will first need to fit the vent into the back of your tumble dryer. Turn off the water supply at the mains if you have a combo washer/dryer unit, and allow water to drain away by running a tap until there is no water remaining in the system. You will need to remove the back of the dryer by unscrewing the panel. You should be able to locate the connections which will need to be linked to the vent, although the back of the kit should also have some instructions that show you the location of the vent's connections. Place your vent into the back of the dryer. You may also find you need to connect the pipe leading from the drum into the back of the vent. Make sure to remove any built-up lint while you have the dryer open.

Step 2 - Fit the Pipework

Once the vent has been fitted, install the pipe from the back of the tumble dryer. Connect the widest part of the flexible pipe into the part of the vent which faces into the room. If the pipe has a long way to go before it reaches an outside wall, you may have to screw the pipe against the wall using a bracket for security.

Step 3 - Make a Hole

dryer vent on exterior of building

The other end of the pipe will connect to the outside air. You will have to knock a hole into the wall before you can operate the dryer. Do this by removing some of the brickwork using your drill to make the initial hole, and then use the hammer to knock out the rest of the hole. For drywall, simply cut a hole with a drywall saw.

Step 4 - Install the Vent

Attach the outside vent piece to the end of the pipe, and place these into the wall. Caulk around the edges of the vent in order to provide an air-tight seal. Once the vent is in place, turn the water back on, and operate the dryer for a few minutes to check for proper functioning.