It wouldn’t be wrong to say that we all rely on our dryer when it comes to doing laundry, as a lot of us do not have the time to hang clothes out on the line, waiting on the clothes to dry for hours, going back to remove them, and then finally folding and putting them in a box. Well, that might work out well for some cloth materials, but aside that, the normal routine for drying seems tedious.
Hail the technology that has brought about advancement virtually in our daily activities, including washing and drying of clothes, although all come with its own responsibility attached to it. You have to be sure the dryer you’re getting will be one that is large enough to meet your needs, original products must be purchased and most importantly, you have to ensure that you clean the dryer filter after every laundry work, AND after installing the dryer, ensure that you place the vents properly; all these constitute the responsibility that comes with owning a vent dryer.
Installing the dryer vent isn’t a thing to be taken lightly or with joke, although a lot of homeowners are able to find their way around it. There are some things you have to consider in the process, else you’ll have to spend more on damages or worst still, dryer vent related fire outbreaks.
This is why the article has been designed to guide you through the basic steps involved in installing a dryer;
- Get a place where you want the vent duct to run. Do not forget that fewer turns required and the shorter the distance, the better it is. Also, you shouldn’t think about running the dryer vent over the roof. Also, try to avoid outdoor obstructions and windows, and be sure that the duct work is a foot away from obstructions like air conditioner units or decks and at minimum of a foot away from the ground.
- You can either make use of aluminum ductwork or galvanized steel, do not try to use both at once! And also try to get an outdoor cap for the duct.
- A 4-inch duct which is about 25 feet should be used, also remove 2.5 feet for every 45-degree turn and 5 feet for every 90-degree turn.
- Drill a hole outside where you want the dryer vent to go. While drilling, check for any underground wirework that might cause hazard. Once you’re sure the hole for the ductwork will be efficient, try to make the vent hole a bit large again after which you can now make use of a plastic trim ring to make it appear neater.
- Installation of the ductwork is next, and you can start that from the site of the hole or from the dryer site. You shouldn’t rely on the tape to hold the sections firm, instead you should use a metal foil tape that have been designed solely for ductwork. To keep it rigid, you can make use of metal pipe straps.