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Flexible Aluminum Dryer vent Hose - How to Replace It?
Time:2017-01-25    Read:2921 Time

Clothes dryers vent their hot air out of your home via a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose. With the time past, this hose will clog with cotton velvet or become restricting airflow and fragile. That replacing a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose is a simple task you can do yourself at home. Replace a new dryer vent hose might properly improve the energy efficiency of your dryer, what’s more, it can reduce costs and eliminate the risk of fire caused by a damaged or dirty dryer vent hose.


1.Turn off the electrical power or remove the fuse connected of dryer. Closing the main valve for a natural gas dryer and shut off the fuel supply.


2.For easy access to the exhaust flange, move the dryer away from the wall.


3.Loosen the screws which holds the hose clamps in place first, then remove the flexible dryer vent hose from the dryer and the outer hose vent. If  it has taped before, cutting it with a utility knife. Do not yank it off or you may damage the dryer flange.


4.Slide one end of the new flexible dryer vent hose over the dryer flange. Place a clamp over the dryer vent hose and tighten it on the flange. Some dryer vent hose clamps might have release and pinch feature and tighten automatically while you release the clamp. Some of other dryer vent hose required to pull or squeeze the clamp tightly and tighten a screw to secure it. Do not insert screws into the dryer flange and the flexible dryer vent hose. Because screws can catch cotton velvet, creating a fire hazard.


5.Remember wrap the foil duct tape around the end of the flexible dryer vent hose to where it connects to the flange. This steps ensures that your dryer vent hose has a good airtight seal.


6.Bend the new dryer vent hose to reach the outer dryer vent and place the end over the vent pipe. Before permanently securing, cut off any excess pipe.


7.Clamp and secure the end of the flexible dryer vent hose where it overlaps the outside vent pipe. Again, do not insert any screw into the dryer vent pipe or dryer vent hose.


8.Seal the end of the dryer vent hose with foil duct tape on where it joins the dryer vent pipe to ensure the airtight connection.


9.Move the dryer back into place where it used to be, being careful not to kink or pinch the flexible dryer vent hose.


10.Restore power, turn on the dryer and assure the connections are tight.


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