Installing a Dryer Vent Adapter

What You'll Need
Dryer Vent Adapter

A dryer vent adapter can be used to create a dryer vent where it would not normally be possible to place one. If you have a small apartment, or one with limited access to areas where dryers and vents would normally be installed, you can try to use a dryer vent adapter in order to get the best from your dryer. Fitting the dryer vent adapter can sometimes be a rather complicated process, as the screws which need to be removed can be stuck behind various other appliances. You won't need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. Follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 – Making the Space

The first step is to make enough space in your dryer's mechanisms to fit the adapter without getting in the way of any moving parts. Your adapter kit may come with a manual which shows you exactly where to place it, and each model is slightly different, so it is a good idea to base any installation upon those specific instructions. You will first need to move the duct which connects the blower and dryer. Unscrew the right screw, and then undo the left by tapping the left side's knock-out panel, and unscrewing the connection from this position.

Step 2 - Install the New Adapter

Next you will have to fit your new adapter into the space you have created by removing the vent space. Place the adapter into the hole, and replace the attaching screws, tightening accordingly.

Step 3 – Fit the Vent

Fit the vent around your adapter. The first connection should be placed onto the adapter, and the connection joint which will be part of the adapter kit slid over the joint, and tightened using your wrench. Hold these pieces in place while you install the rest of the vents. You may add caulking over the joints.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to check that your new ventilation system works correctly. Turn on the power to the dryer, and run it through a cycle. Check your adapter for signs of moisture, or the escape of gases. If this occurs, screw the adapter into the system more tightly, and try again. Once you are satisfied, you can keep the power on, and use the dryer whenever it is needed.