Dryer Vent Hose
Dealing with a broken drier or repairing a a dryer vent hose can be more difficult that most people realize. But having a clean vent is not only essential to having a properly functioning dryer, it's also a big concern for safety.
If your heat venting is poor, or your dryer vent hose is clogged or broken, this can be an extreme fire hazard. It will also waste energy and your dryer won't really dry your clothes as well or as fast as it could be.
The vent expels the back pressure from your dryer, and if that is clogged that pressure and heat have nowhere to go, and that can cause a big fire and maybe even cost you your entire home. So it's absolutely essential that you always check your dryer hose to make sure it's in working order every time you use it.
One of the biggest and easiest ways fires get started in the house is because of the dryer vent hose. When you use your dryer, lint gets caught inside the dryer and builds up over time. Now, the dryer can't properly exhaust, and the end result is the extra lint catching fire.
Once a dryer fire is started, it's very very hard to put out, and there is a good chance you could lose your house and everything in it, so it's important to take this seriously.
So what kind of dryer vent hose should you use? Well there are a lot of different styles made of different materials, but there are a couple I would recommend over the others.
The classic silver rigid vent made of aluminum is at the top of my list for a number of reasons. First, it's extremely easy to clean so you don't have to replace it every year. You can buy a vent brush and clean it in just a few minutes. If you don't clean it out every year, lint fires can actually start inside the hose as well.
When you connect your dryer vent hose from your dryer to the exhaust, make sure it's not kinked, crooked or obstructed in any way. This can cause heat buildup in the hose and that can easily lead to a fire.
You should use the shortest hose possible to reach from your dryer to the exit. Don't buy a 25 foot hose when you only have to run it 10 feet. Extra hose length alone could be the cause of non-dried clothes and dryer efficiency. And never use more than 25 feet of hose.
The old white plastic hoses were used all the time, but it turns out they are a really big fire hazard, so you should avoid white plastic at all costs. Flexible metal hoses will do the trick, but line will still build up in these and that's not good.
The safest venting hose is the type I told you about earlier, the rigid aluminum hoses with smooth interiors so lint can't get suck in the dryer vent hose.
If your dryer is taking too long to dry your clothes, keeps overheating, smells weird or hot, or doesn't heat for the entire cycle, the first thing you should go check is the lint basket and the dryer vent hose. Clean them both out or replace them if necessary. Run a load of laundry and see if the problem persists. Replace everything first, and if the problem continues, maybe it's time for a new dryer!