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Eileen Campbell
Dryer Vent placement issue

The vent from the dryer goes to the outside of the house on the side of the laundry room. This keeps the dryer away from the back wall about a foot so that the tube doesn't get bent. The back wall of the laundry room is against the garage. This is why the hose vents to side (which is outside the house).

The vent is on the side wall of the house, near the AC unit.

How can I fix this?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Dryer Vent placement issue

Probably the easiest thing to do is seal off the existing hole, add a periscope vent to the back of the dryer, and go out the side wall above the dryer top. You can see one being installed here http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20055319,00.html

Jack

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Dryer Vent placement issue
Eileen Campbell wrote:

The vent from the dryer goes to the outside of the house on the side of the laundry room. This keeps the dryer away from the back wall about a foot so that the tube doesn't get bent. The back wall of the laundry room is against the garage. This is why the hose vents to side (which is outside the house).

The vent is on the side wall of the house, near the AC unit.

How can I fix this?

JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Probably the easiest thing to do is seal off the existing hole, add a periscope vent to the back of the dryer, and go out the side wall above the dryer top. You can see one being installed here http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20055319,00.html

Jack

You have a brick exterior, unlike Jack, I don't think it is easy or wise to be chopping into a brick or brick faced wall, or to plug "holes" in it. Its expensive to have that done, and the materials and skill involved aren't something you learn to be expert at overnight (not to mention the difficulty it can be to match bricks or mortar)!

The easiest and least expensive remedy would be to acquire the side vent conversion kit from your manufacturer/brand. Minimal expense plus whatever shipping/handling charge Your laundry was designed to accomodate a gas dryer with side venting.

Look at your owner's or User's guide. Also look at the panel and jot down the complete model number and serial number. Then order the conversion kit that is identified in your guide for the SIDE VENT conversion kit they are parts to convert the venting on the inside of the dryer to the side see in your guide where to find the diagrams (sometimes they are located in the case or in another document), determine from either your user/installation guide or the manufacturer/brand name web site or by calling them if your dryer can be side vented to the side you want - looks like you want it left vented. You may already have knock-out on the side panel (i think you do) - if so even easier and no extra parts other than the internal converting side vent parts kit (few band clamps, a special "elbow" and shorter piece).. Your appliance parts dealer should be able to get the parts for you. Can't tell from the picture which brand and/or manufacturer that is. If the work is too ominous for you to tackle, your authorized repair/maintenance service can install it for you - plan on having preventitive maintenance at the same time - because they'll have to vacuum out the interior before they can do the conversion and you'll want the correct venting parts on hand (rigid duct). If you end up having to order the parts to be shipped, go ahead and order any other convenience parts you might want (like an extra lint screen, replacement knob, etc.) since some parts distribution centers add a single handling charge to any order.

P.S. your flexable gas connector looks a bit crimped and since the dryer would be relocated to the right away from the side/vent wall and further back (clearance for the shutoff also) you should also have a new flexible connector installed at the same time. (disconnecting gas line is part of the process). Anytime you move an appliance with a flexable gas connector you should plan on replacing that, its only a few dollars, and it isn't worth the risk of not, especially if its been crimped up like that.

Eileen Campbell
Re: Dryer Vent placement issue

Thank you both Jim and Blue Ridge for your replies. It is wonderful information. I will contact the manufacturer (Whirlpool) to see about getting the side vent conversion kit due to the brick exterior walls. Both of you offered really helpful information.

Thanks again.

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Dryer Vent placement issue

You'll likely find the full model number and serial number when you open the dryer door of the appliance and see it on the depressed area hidden by the door when closed on the flat depressed area before it opens up to the drum. You may find the wiring and venting diagram in an envelope attached to the burner access panel on the front of the appliance just below the door. If you have lost or misplaced the User/installation guide (or inherited the appliance from former owner) you can get a replacement one from Whirlpool, you may even be able to download it for free from their website if you have the complete model number and serial number. You will also need to know and inform them if your unit is on natural gas or if it was fit for propane.

You're welcome and good luck with your laundry room project.

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