We Don’t Just Clean Dryer Vents – We Install Them!
Making sure that your dryer vent is properly installed and run in the best way possible is extremely important to your safety as well as to the running of your dryer. If cleaning the vents does not improve the airflow, or if it becomes apparent that there are other concerns (such as a cut or damaged vent line), we may need to install a new vent line. With our experience and expertise, you can expect a thorough job even in the most difficult of vent installations. We will also make sure that your venting system meets manufacturer recommendations and applicable building codes.
Let Us Install That Tricky New Dryer Vent!
Cutting holes through walls and floors not your idea of a fun afternoon? We can help! Our technicians are trained to correct venting problems that are often the cause of poorly performing dryers. When cleaning does not improve the airflow, or when it becomes apparent that the vent line is damaged or improperly installed/run, we can help. Our experts will determine if the venting system meets manufacturer recommendations and applicable building codes and can make whatever changes are required.
Basic Things That We Check For:
- Dryer duct must be at least 4″ in diameter and as large as the dryer outlet.
- Concealed ducts must be rigid metal (galvanized or aluminum) duct.
- Duct joints shall be secured with metal tape, not screws or rivets.
- Unless otherwise permitted by the dryer manufacturer, the developed length of the dryer duct shall not exceed 25 feet. A 45 degree elbow counts as 2 ½ feet of pipe and a 90 degree elbow counts as 5 feet of pipe.
- Joints shall be installed so that the male end of the pipe points in the direction of the airflow (away from the dryer).
- Dryer vents shall be independent of all other systems and terminate outdoors. They should not vent into another chimney or vent.
- The outside termination hood should be equipped with a backdraft damper.
- Duct backpressure should not exceed 0.6 WC (inches of water column). Higher backpressures indicate a poorly installed vent.
- Flexible metal connectors should be used between the dryer and the duct. Plastic connector ducting is not recommended.
The recommendations shown above are based on dryer vent manufacturer’s information and local building code requirements. Of course, our experts will consult your dryer installation manual for exact requirements for your dryer.
Let American Chimney & Masonry Help!
Proper installation of your vent line can reduce fire risk and increase dryer efficiency. Unfortunately, many dryer vent lines are not installed in a way that is conducive to air flow, which forces the dryer to work harder and can contribute to excessive lint buildup. This is especially true in some newer installations, in which the dryer is placed for homeowner convenience, not air flow and dryer efficiency.
If your dryer vent is damaged or in need of some re-working, call the experts at American Chimney & Masonry. We can evaluate how well your venting system is working and determine what can be done to improve it. Call 503-644-0393 or click here to make an appointment!