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Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:40 AM

We purchase our GE dryer in January, now when we open the door, there is water on the drum and door. We even found a small amount water on the floor. We unhooked the vent and it doesn't seem to be clogged. I thought it was drying okay, it gets hot and cuts off fine, no funny noises. What could make the water inside the dryer? Thanks.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:52 AM

Recheck your vent. How long is your vent line, is it smooth wall pipe or flex hose.  How many bends, and do you have a screen on the discharge flapper.

Try this. Take your vent off, turn on the dryer, and see how strong the airflow is comming out. Then put the vent back on, turn it on, and go outside and check the exhaust air rate. If it is much less outside, you have some restriction in the ventline.

 

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 01:17 AM

I live in a mobile home, the vent goes through the floor. It is a silver flexible vent.

The weird thing is, we dried clothes Monday and it dried them. No water showed up until last night.

It is still under warrenty, although if it is the venting I know that won't be covered.


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Posted 21 July 2005 - 05:57 AM

Something is either not letting the hot wet air vent to the outside or something in the vent system is letting water seep into the dryer when it is off.  Check the vent system.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:08 AM

Water vapor from the clothes is condensing either in the dryer's internal vent or very close to it in the external vent.  This is caused by excessive backpressure, a kink or restriction in the vent hose will do it.  Are you using a 90 degree aluminum to attach the vent hose to the back of the dryer or is the hose just stuck on there?  That's a common choke point in dryer vents.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:46 AM

Also make sure that the flapper on the outside of the vent is closing properly.  If ya let hot air back into the dryer when the dryer is colder it will form condensation just like when ya put a glass of ice water outside in the summer heat ...

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 02:11 PM

Thanks everyone for your help. I pulled off the vent and turned on the dryer and I don't think it seems as hot as it should. It is still under warranty, so I have a repair man coming Tuesday.

I really appreciate everyone's help.


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Posted 22 July 2005 - 05:54 AM

One question. Since the repair guy isn't coming until Tues and we removed the vent and ran a brush inside the dryer and as far as we cold go in the tube that leads outside and got no lint, do you think it would be safe to use the dryer this weekend?

Would the condensation inside burn out anything if used?


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Posted 22 July 2005 - 09:12 AM

Do not see why not, you have been using it this way since January. Cannot see what a day or 3 would matter.  Might want to leave the door open when not in use  and unplug it.
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Posted 22 July 2005 - 09:14 AM

We bought it in January, but the problem just showed up this week. I just wanted to make sure nothing would burn out from the water or dampness. Thanks

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 09:19 AM

Well, yes, water and electricity do not mix well, and I did not know it just started last week.   Unplug the dryer and wait for the tech.  Sure think he will find the problem is in the vent somehow. 
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Posted 22 July 2005 - 09:23 AM

Thankyou Pegi.  Sorry if I sound stupid with my questions. I am a totally not knowledgeable about anything to do with this. Thanks again.

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 01:57 PM

How about this...

The dryer is vented to the underside of the moble home. The home may have skirting. The vent does not have a flapper. The dryer , when in use, pushes moisture under the home, and it stays there. The home has AC, fans, exhaust vents, ect... that cause a negative pressure in the home. Now the moist air under the home gets pulled up the dryer vent where it condensates in the dryer.

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 02:59 PM

nick, you may be totally right. We have air, we have skirting around the mobile home and we do have a flapper leading to the outside on the side of the home and when we first got this new dryer, the old vent had disconnected from the flapper. Now maybe the guy that installed this vent either didn't hook it or it came off. Thanks. Hopefully the guy coming will be able to hook it up if it is off.

Also I was reading, that when this happens that there could be alot of lint inside the dryer around the motor or something. My sister find wet lint under the lint basket too.

Thanks.


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Posted 22 July 2005 - 05:21 PM

Remember, if the dryer is ok, and the venting in the home is the problem this will not be covered under warranty and you will be responsable for the charges.
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Posted 22 July 2005 - 05:39 PM

I am anticipating after all that was suggested here that it is the venting and am prepared to pay if I can get it resolved. I am not able to crawl under the mobile home myself, so I will have to absorb the cost. Thanks again for everyone's help.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 02:21 AM

Maybe you can get someone local to crawl under and check it out. $20 might get a neighbor or teenager under there. Some factory ccompanys will not do venting work, or go under the home.

A local handy man might be a good choice.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 04:54 AM

The problem must be the venting.

I wouldn't have a factory service tech come out at this point, unless they are willing to do vent work. Expect to pay top dollar. Having a service tech out for a vent problem will not be any cheaper than having him out for a repair.

It might be best to hire someone to build you a new venting system. Specify smooth walled 4 inch diameter aluminum pipe, Seams taped with aluminum tape, A proper discharge chute, and NO SCREEN at the end of the pipe. Make sure the the area between where the dryer exhaust is connected, and where it goes through the floor, is built  without  any kinks or pinched off duct.

This should solve your problem. Plus, this is the way all vents should be constructed. It is safe for the homeowner, and most efficient for dryer operation.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 06:12 AM

We pulled off some of the skirting and the vent tube is only 5 feet from the outside flapper, laying on the ground. I can pull it to the flapper. How do you hook the tube onto the flapper. Do you just duct tape it securely on. Thanks.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 06:18 AM

Duct tape, a clamp, or aluminum foil tape.

If that hose was on the ground under the home, you found your problem, and saved yourself some real money.

Good work.

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