Dryer Repair Seattle, WA
Dryers - you always find out a dryer isn't working when you have a wet load of clothes. With Seattle Appliance Repairs same day service, this doesn't have to mean a pile of smelly, wet clothes. Give us a call when this happens and we'll be right out. If your dryer squeaks or makes strange noises when you turn it on or if the air doesn't get hot or the clothing doesn't dry we can repair those issues as well before they become major.
Traditional dryers continuously draw in the cool, dry, ambient air around them and heat it before passing it through the tumbler. The resulting hot, humid air is usually vented outside to make room for more dry air to continue the drying process. The traditional design makes no effort to recycle the heat put into the load, and so is inefficient. Nevertheless, the basic design is simple, reliable, and cheap.
Improvised methods of salvaging this heat for in-home heating, by use of inline vent boxes equipped with a flapper valve to direct heat to indoor areas, will increase humidity within a dwelling. Humidity from these devices increases likelihood of mold, mildew, and bacterial growth inside a home. Indoor venting may also be against local regulations. Gas dryers must be vented outdoors, as the products of combustion are vented along with the moist air. Building codes and manufacturers' instructions recommended that dryers vent outdoors. An indoor lint trap kit poses a similar concern of increased humidity within the dwelling.
Moisture and lint are byproducts of the tumble drying process and are pulled from the drum by a fan motor and then pushed through the remaining exhaust conduit to the exterior termination fitting. Typical exhaust conduit comprises flex transition hose found immediately behind the dryer, the 4" (100 mm) rigid galvanized pipe and elbow fittings found within the wall framing, and the vent duct hood found outside the house.
A clean, unobstructed dryer vent improves the safety and efficiency of the dryer. As the dryer duct pipe becomes obstructed and filled with lint, drying time increases and causes the dryer to overheat and waste energy. In extreme cases, a blocked vent may result in a fire. Clothes dryers are one of the most costly appliances in your home to operate.
Several factors can contribute to or accelerate rapid lint build-up. These include long or restrictive ducts, bird or rodent nests in the termination, crushed or kinked flex transition hose, terminations with screen-like features, and condensation within the duct due to un-insulated ducts traveling through cold spaces, i.e. crawl space or attic.