Asked on Nov 13, 2019

How do I clean my dryer vent?

Deanna NassarCynthia HGrandmasHouseDIY


My house is on a concrete slab and I can’t find an outside vent and my clothes dryer keeps saying clean vent.

5 answers
  • Beth
    on Nov 13, 2019

    There should be a pipe leaving your dryer and it should go to the outside. Do you remember who installed the dryer? Can you ask them?

  • Lucy Marie Bernier
    on Nov 13, 2019

    Has to have a large silver hose from dryer to outside. If you don’t you’ll need to make one. Could cause a fire.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Nov 13, 2019

    Hi Bonnie, I own a ventless washer/dryer combo is your like that? If not if you will need to pull it out from the wall to be able to see behind it and access the vent - most "regular" clothes dryers vent out the back.

  • Cynthia H
    on Nov 13, 2019

    The vent on the back of the dryer should be attached to an exhaust hose. That then usually vents through a wall or ceiling. If it wasn't vented, you would see the hot air and lint blowing out the back of the dryer. Start with the vent in your dryer that is usually accessible from the front, inside of the dryer door or on the top of the dryer, depending on model. That vent needs to be cleaned of lint every load, or you risk a fire from lint building up. If it has built up, you need to clean as much as you can from that clean out. Then, pull the dryer away from the wall, and unclamp the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer. Usually all you need is a screwdriver. Vacuum and unclog the hose. If possible, remove the hose and take it outside to thoroughly clean it out. Vacuum and brush out all the hose. Vacuum the opening on the back of the dryer and the opening of the wall, or ceiling before reattaching the hose. The thorough cleaning should be done a couple of times a year. The dryer vent with the mesh screen that is on your machine should be cleaned of lint after every load. For your safety, this needs to be done.

  • Deanna Nassar
    on Nov 13, 2019

    Sounds like you will have to pull out dryer and take the connection apart at both ends. Then vacuum out the hose and the wall connection and the dryer too. There should be a small 'collar' around the hose at the back of dryer and the wall. There is a screw that holds the collar together. Use a medium size screwdriver to loosen the screw and pull the hose off. Most of these screws are slot screws(has just one line on top of screw versus X style for phillips screw.) When finished push the end of hose back on and tighten the collar screw back in place. The outside part of the dryer vent wouldn't help you much as they have a cover that is harder to remove. You can check one more time while the dryer is running you should be able to feel the heat from the vent. If you still can't find a vent opening contact the builder(if you know who) or the realtor that sold you the house. If someone forgot to put the vent in they have to come back to fix. Clogged vent hoses can start fires.

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