Might I have 2 vents for my gas dryer?

My bf and I just moved into a condo in Lake Forest. Our neighbor's gas clothes dryer vent feeds from their garage, through the stucco wall, and directly into our patio. When we first moved here we didn't think it would become a problem because our neighbor's have a 2 bedroom condo and we thought they probably would be running their dryer one or two days a week. However, we have come to find that they run their dryer more than normal, everyday it seems, sometimes for hours and hours.

They had their house listed for sale (as a short sale) and while they had an open house I went to check it out. I know it's none of my business, but I was so curious as to why they were running their dryer 24/7 and I found that they had several beds in the two bedroom unit they are living in (meaning - there are a lot of people living there - i think i counted 6 or 7 although I'm not 100% certain, all crammed in a 2 bedroom.) That would explain why they are doing so much laundry.

It's not my...

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We had a setup like this when I was in high school. My dad was a contractor, so we built our own house one summer when I was 14 or 15. The home was a two-story split level, with one great room on the lower floor. The electric dryer was vented through the wall between the laundry room and the center stairwell serving all 4 levels. During winter, the humidity was a welcome addition. However, keep these things in mind:

This was in CO. Winter air in CO starts out dry. The home was mainly heated with an in-floor furnace and wood burning stoves, so the indoor air was extra-dry. The house wasn't super-tight, so there were plenty of avenues for water vapor to escape.

So, in a lot of places, this might work well. If you live in a damp place, you may end up with water or mold issues from condensation. Either way, you will end up with lint accumulating, so plan on cleaning more...

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Gas clothes dryers use either natural gas or propane as a heat source. You'll find that gas dryers are a bit more expensive-$50 to $150 more than comparable electric models-but are more economical to operate. However, as with any appliance, there can be problems and a need for repairs. The Spruce readers have shared their issues with gas dryers and asked for help. Perhaps these solutions will help you as well.

Is There a Difference in Setting Up an LP vs Natural Gas Clothes Dryer?

Reader Question: I'm getting ready to rent a house that has a liquid propane (LP) gas source. I am looking to buy a dryer from someone that is a natural gas dryer; they told me that it won't work with LP gas. But I've read some sites saying yes it will, and some saying it will need a conversion kit? I'm quite confused. Could you please tell me whether or not I can hook a natural gas dryer up to a LP gas line without any problem or necessary conversion?

The Spruce: Gas dryers come...

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Welcome to Fixya

Remove the vent line from the rear and try the dryer.
If it heats then that means there is a clog or kink in the vent line blocking the vent air from exiting which will stop the dryer from getting hot!
If not then it's another one of these problems.

Defective Ignitor (Gas Only)
When heated the ignitor used on your gas dryer must obtain a specific high temperature
in order to activate the flame sensor. This ignitor is fragile and susceptible to cracking.
A hairline fracture that is barely visible to the naked eye is enough to change
the resistance of the ignitor to a point that is will not work properly.
You can test the resistance of your ignitor. You should get a reading of 50-400 ohms of

If the ignitor gets hot and then goes off after about 10-15 seconds and there is
no ignition, the problem is probably not the ignitor. It is most likely the gas valve
coils that are...

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A modern front-load tumble clothes dryer for home application

A clothes dryer, tumble dryer, drying machine or dryer is a powered household appliance that is used to remove moisture from a load of clothing, bedding and other textiles, usually shortly after they are washed in a washing machine. Clothes may also be dried by natural evaporation and, if available, sunlight, on an outdoor or indoor clothes line or clothes horse.

Many dryers consist of a rotating drum called a "tumbler" through which heated air is circulated to evaporate the moisture, while the tumbler is rotated to maintain air space between the articles. Using these machines may cause clothes to shrink or become less soft (due to loss of short soft fibers/lint). A simpler non-rotating machine called a "drying cabinet" may be used for delicate fabrics and other items not suitable for a tumble dryer.

Tumbler dryers[edit]

Tumbler dryers continuously draw in the cool, dry, ambient air around...

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Dear NH,

I am looking for some information about clothes dryer venting installation. I live in Vermont and currently vent my clothes dryer into the basement via flexible hose. The reason for this is my house is low to the ground and the dryer/washer (combination unit) is located close to a walkway outside, where an outside vent cover would be unattractive.

This causes a smell at times in the basement due to the moisture content. To run it to the other side of house would require a run over 25 feet. My house is single story and I was wondering if there is a type of vent that could go up to the roof and outside.


Adding any moisture at all to a basement is a bad plan. Basments usually don't need any help being damp and smelly!

If your dryer is powered by natural gas or propane, it is dangerous to vent to the inside! The exhaust gas is blown out with the...

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I'm having the same problem and this is what I found. I cleaned my duck cleaned the lint area, did all the cleaning I can do. So I decided to run the unit not being plugged into the vent hose and found that the dry is staying on. Weird right! It work without the vent tube hocked up! This is what I think. The blow motor is a two function process it sucks the heat into the unit a blows it out the vent. What if the motor is no long capable of blowing against any resistance. Which reduces suction of pulling in heat. Ran a load with out the duct work hooked up, clothes are dry! I think my blow motor is no longer or is has a speed control that's not working I got to look that up. I hope this helps.

This is from kenmore If the dryer takes too long to dryer or is noisy then the blower wheel could be damaged and require replacement.

Ok this is what I found lol blower share the same motor to drum lol. No speed control. Lol but I did find something interesting the high limit...

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There are many things that contribute to the proper operation of a dryer, the venting is one of the most critical. Below we describe a dryer's functions and how its venting plays a crucial part.


One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heating of damp clothing. A typical 12-pound load of laundry can weigh as much as 20-pounds when first removed from a washer. The extra 8-pounds is water. That recovered moisture is held as humidity in the warm air produced by the dryer and is normally expelled to the outdoors through the dryer's vent. If this air can not be adequately vented, poor drying will result.

If restricted, this moisture can also condense into pools of water inside the dryer venting, possibly leaking out. Moisture accumulation inside the dryer ducting is often a sign of inadequate venting which should be looked into.


The heat is another important function of...

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Make Gas Connection

1. Remove the red cap from the gas pipe.

2. Using a wrench to tighten, connect the gas supply to the dryer. Use pipe-joint compound

on the threads of all non-flared male fittings. If flexible metal tubing is used, be sure there

are no kinks.


A. Flared male thread

B. Non-flared male thread

NOTE: For LP gas connections, you must use pipe-joint compound resistant to the action

of LP gas. Do not use TEFLON



A combination of pipe fittings must be used to connect the dryer to the existing gas line.

Shown is a recommended connection. Your connection may be different, according to the

supply line type, size and location.



A. " flexible gas connector

B. " dryer pipe

C. " to


" pipe-to-flare adapter fitting

3. Open the shutoff valve in the supply line. The valve is open when the handle is parallel...

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Compact Laundry is a great alternative for homes in the city or if you have limited space.Typically these units are 24 inches wide by about 24 inches deep, so they could fit in a kitchen cabinet.

Usually, they are stacked, maybe in a closet, or in a narrow hallway. Compact laundry is mostly electric and most brands will only offer vented or non-vented dryer options.Brands to consider are Miele, Electrolux (they have a huge rebate now), Bosch, Blomberg, and Whirlpool.

First, since your biggest question will be what type of dryer you need, let’s cover the differences between vented, non-vented (condensation), and heat pump dryers.

Vented vs. Non-Vented Dryers

A vented dryer is like a vacuum because it pulls air in. To put it simply, it pulls air in from your laundry room, heats it, tumbles your clothes in it, and then pushes the air outside through an exhaust. Vented dryers usually cost less money to buy and dry faster than non-vented...

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Hello Scott!

The electric ventless dryer will, indeed, keep the heat in the house, but it will also keep the moisture from the wet clothing, bedding, etc, in the house. You may be setting yourself up for a future mold problem, depending on your local climate, general leakiness of your house, etc. Additionally, unless you use a clothes line in the cooling months, your AC system will have to compensate for both heat and excess humidity.

In a perfect world, your dryer will have an outside air supply that opens when the dryer is turned on, thus making your "gazoutas" equal to your "gazintas." If you can make that happen, you will achieve perfect balance, and inner harmony. ;-) Good...

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Depends on your electric rates, I suppose. But around here gas dryers are much cheaper to run than electric ones. Our electric rates are tiered, and if I were to switch the gas dryer to an electric one, I'd be paying $.30/KWh for that.

From an overall energy standpoint, a gas dryer will always be more energy efficient, due to the energy losses involved in turning thermal energy into electricity, and also the losses involved in transmitting electric power over distances. If you are only considering the energy as it arrives at the dryer, though, both versions could be considered 100% efficient, since all the heat energy is used to dry the fabrics.

If your electricity is very cheap (less than $.10/KWh with no increase for more use), and you have no natural gas service, then an electric dryer might be cheaper to run than a propane powered one. But I think in most cases where there is gas service the gas dryer is cheaper to run.


I've never had...

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I am about to install a new natural gas clothes dryer and am working through some issues right now. One of these is whether the existing vent exit point is within building code rules. I thought I had seen some info somewhere that said the vent exit point for a GAS dryer could not be beneath a window (so the exhaust would not reach its way back into the house IF the window was open). Maybe I am wrong on that though. Does anyone know?

I already paid for a local building permit and just need to contact the office to set up an inspection. I have searched my local county website to no avail and contacting the permit office to ask questions is a royal pain (long wait times and you sometimes get conflicting info). I realize that local codes could vary but I am looking for a general opinion on this.

Additionally, if it were in violation of general building code, what is the typical distance that it needs to be away from the window? And would I be exempt from the rule if...

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We want to alert our customers that there is a very common reason for improper heating of gas dryers that you can simply and quickly troubleshoot yourself. The most common cause of this problem with gas dryers is actually restricted airflow. These instructions are easy to follow and can save you an

appliance repair service call


Check the dryer vent that's usually located on the outside of the house to test the airflow. Simply put your hand over the vent while the dryer is operating. If you feel little or no hot air coming out of the vent, then you've got an airflow problem!

Next, open the dryer door and check the lint trap, which is often located inside the dryer at the bottom of the door opening. Remove the lint filter and simply clean out any lint build up that you can see in the trap itself. Some people like to use a small cleaning brush to do this - see photo at right.

In addition, if there is any restriction inside your gas dryer's external...

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I have checked through messages and am still not certain of which way to go...

I have Gas Dryer in interior laundry room on 2nd floor. Venting options are:

1. Up through roof, about a 10ft vertical run with 90 degree elbow at dryer. 4" galv. pipe through insulated space above plaster ceiling (no attic). Have seen roof vent from Inovate Technologies, but not sure how well it would work (says recommended for flat roofs and this roof is standard pitched). Damper would I assume work like standard damper and open under pressure from exhaust air. a. Any issue for snow blocking vent? (in MA and sometimes heavy snow) b. Lint on asphalt shingles? c. Proper Flashing would be issue just like any other hole in roof d. What about moisture in a vertical vent and increased risk of lint accumulating at 90 degree elbow at dryer?

2. Vertical 8ft and then horizontal 15ft through sidewall and require numerous elbows. Distance is over limits and would require booster fan & switch...

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The House Detective: by Barry Stone, Certified Home Inspector

Dear Barry:My handyman did some repair work under the house, and he said that I have the wrong kind of exhaust duct for my clothes dryer. It’s made of white plastic and looks like a long accordion. The dryer has been venting perfectly for over ten years, so I can’t see any reason to spend money replacing it. In your opinion, what is wrong with this kind of dryer duct? Ben

Dear Ben: Corrugated plastic ducts are often used to vent the exhaust from clothes dryers, but there are three things wrong with this type of dryer duct:

1) Exhaust from a clothes dryer can be very hot, especially if you have a gas dryer. Repeated heat exposure to paper-thin plastic can be a significant fire hazard. If a fire were to begin under your house, it could spread very quickly throughout the home. Therefore, a dryer vent duct should be made of non-combustible material.

2) Plastic dryer ducts become brittle after...

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Lets get something clear right off the bat. This is about your houses plumbing—not your personal plumbing.

When I first started doing plumbing in 1971–at least for money–venting island kitchen sinks was a bit of a problem. Every plumbing fixture needs a means of venting the drain line so that water doesn’t get sucked out of the trap of the fixture—-which could allow sewer gases to enter the home. Somehow sewer gases and the smell of fresh baked bread or homemade pizza just don’t go together.

We had to create all kinds of strange assemblies of pipes to create this venting–it worked, but was time consuming to construct and took a lot of additional pipe. Pipe and time equal money.

Along came the “auto-vent” or “air-vent” (sometimes called a “cheater” vent). This mechanical device had a spring loaded gasket inside that would allow air to flow into the pipe but not let sewer gases out–or, in the event of the pipes flooding, the device would not allow sewage out...

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