Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: taot-ga
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25 Jun 2006 10:44 PDT
Expires: 25 Jul 2006 10:44 PDT
Question ID: 740954
I recently moved into a loft condo with a GE Spacemaker washer/dryer unit. Since I have high ceilings and the unit is not adjacent to any outdoor area, the exhaust duct doesn't feed outside. Instead, the previous owner fashioned a crude device whereby the duct feeds into a plastic attachment, which then feeds into a pair of pantyhose, which collects the excess lint. While it generally works for collecting lint, a lot of hot air still escapes the pantyhose and condensation forms as well. Not to mention it looks pretty unattractive! I've also noticed that the drying time on my loads is longer than you'd expect...perhaps it has something to do with this duct issue. Do you have any other suggestions for a lint collector I can attach to this exhaust duct?
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Re: Washer/Dryer Ducts
From: markvmd-ga on 25 Jun 2006 19:13 PDT
I use a very similar item to the one indicated by Pink. You fill the unit with water and the dryer vents into it (I have the furnace/AC condensate drain to the unit to keep it full-- the overflow goes to a drain). It works, but does not come close to solving the moisture part of the equation. Spacemaker-type units tend to have longer dry cycles because they have small heating elements. 110 volt units also have longer drying times. Venting can be a problem. You must limit the duct run to about 20 feet or so and knock off about 5 feet for each turn. One possibility is venting to the plumbing system's vent stack, but you must check with local law on that. This may allow sewer gasses into the home, which is dangerous, but might be gotten around with a one-way air valve. If your dryer is gas your setup is very dangerous and must not be used!
Re: Washer/Dryer Ducts
From: myoarin-ga on 26 Jun 2006 06:41 PDT
IN the meantime, you might try a new pair of pantyhose. The lint will definitely clog up the flow of air, reducing the throughput in the drier, extending the drying period.
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