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30 amp dryer plug is hooked to a 40 amp double breaker, is this ok?

I just bought a home and needed to buy a new washer and dryer. The new dryers need a 30 amp plug, currently has 50 amp plug. I replaced the plug but noticed it was ran to a double pull 40 breaker, is ...
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How common is it for new homes to have gas-only dryer hookups?

I am relocating my dryer. I had the gas line relocated and a dedicated circuit put in for the washer and dryer. The original location had the option for an electric dryer. We have a gas dryer and ...
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Why two external dryer vents?

In the back of my house I see two external dryer vents. I am sure one isn't for the dryer. I live in a townhouse and all the townhouses have these two vents so its not a reroute job.
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How should I attach laminate foil dryer transition duct?

I've got a laminate foil dryer duct coming up from the crawlspace. I need to attach my dryer transition duct to the exhaust duct, but these really don't like to go inside one another since they're ...
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Why won't my gas dryer stay lit?

My Amana gas clothes dryer is not heating properly. The gas ignites when the dryer is first started, but after the gas turns off the igniter glows and then turns off, without relighting the gas. Many ...
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test if dryer motor is broken

My dryer won't turn. When I push the start button, I hear a hum. If I hold it down, it will hum for a moment and then stop with a click. I've checked the door switch and the belt, and tested for ...
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NEMA 14-30 in 1-gang box

I recently wired a new laundry room for a family member's renovation project. He already had the electrical materials on hand and all of his boxes attached to the studs, so I ended up installing the ...
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What could have caused the burnt electronics smell in my Kenmore washer and dryer?

I have a Kenmore washer and dryer (both electric) in a separate laundry room. We came home yesterday after being out, only to find a HORRIBLE smell in the laundry room. At first I thought of ...
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Curcuit breaker not accesible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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Should I repair or replace a dryer heating element and housing connector?

I have a Samsung dryer that has a burnt out heating element. I purchased a new one and removed the old one from the dryer. I have no problem with any of this. My problem is that the element ...
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How should I go about fixing a holey laundry room?

When I removed some old elevated cabinetry in my laundry room, I discovered two holes in the wall. The first I documented here, How do I close and seal an old external vent? and the second can be ...
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Why I feel stuffy when my dryer is running?

In the house we rent, when the dryer is running, I feel the house is stuffy. The Washer Dryer Combo's brand is Kenmore with model number 417.93702201. I wonder if the dryer is using gas or ...
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Whatzit? Name this dryer or washer thing-a-ma-bob

I am victorious! I have my new LG washer and gas dryer installed. After a weekend of pain and suffering. Well, at least a few trips to Home Depot. All's done except...I'm left with this one part. I ...
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Is it safe to use a former furnace flue to vent my dryer through the roof?

Our dryer is located in the center of our house. The current vent situation has tubing that makes several bends between the dryer and the crawl space before hitting metal duct that takes it about 25' ...
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Is a dryer vent tube being compressed like this up to code?

There's a 4" dryer pipe in my wall that is smashed slightly in order to get it to fit into the wall made with 2v4s. Is this OK?
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How should I route my dryer exhaust pipe?

My existing dryer vent run enters the crawlspace behind the dryer and exits through a vent that is part of one of the normal crawlspace vents. Since the house sits on a slight slope, the crawlspace on ...
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Two dryers connected to the same exhaust via a “Y”. Backdraft problems?

I have two dryers (one gas, one electric) and their exhaust pipes are merged with a "Y" to a common exterior exhaust. I'd like to keep it that way to minimize cuts through the wall (and eventually I ...
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Can I blow dryer exhaust into a pillow case or sheet?

Go ahead and laugh. It's okay. Before you do, though, hear me out. My dryer has been drying less and less lately. Today, it stopped drying. Now I have a full load of wet laundry and it's all the ...
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Can I clean a second story dryer vent that goes out the roof from the inside?

My dryer vent goes from the second story to the roof. The problem is that I can't reach the roof. I bought one of those dryer vent cleaners that you can put on your drill and spin it up the vent. ...
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Can a dryer exhaust through PVC in a slab?

I have a single story home in California, with a concrete slab foundation and a laundry room located in the hallway. The dryer vent connection is just a PVC pipe running down into the slab, and then ...
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Can I have a washer, electric dryer, oil tank, and oil burner all in the same room?

Is it safe to have the washer and an electric dryer in a basement room with an oil tank, oil burner for water baseboards and water heater?
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Dryer vent pipes touching copper hot water pipe

I am installing a long clothes dryer vent in the crawl space under my house to replace the old one. I am using a combination of both flexible metal pipes and rigid stove pipes to try to reduce the ...
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Where are the fuses in my Kenmore dryer, and how do I access them?

I have a Kenmore HE3 electric clothe dryer. The problem is that it has no heat even its drum is turning. (I set the temperature at high). The owner manual says it may have a fuse blown. Is the fuse ...
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Can I vent a dryer from the same mechanical closet as a water heater.?

I'm currently looking at a condo to purchase and the existing "closet" that contains the plumbing and venting for a washer/dryer is a bit on the small side. It's probably not that big of a renovation ...
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Properly Venting a Dryer

BACKGROUND INFO: We have an upstairs laundry room with the dryer vented directly into the attic space! House was built in '84, maybe had three previous owners before us. Not sure what the code was ...
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Can I use a 50 amp range cord to connect a new dryer to a 50 amp receptacle?

I have read the original posts here, but just want to make sure I am correct. Just bought a new dryer (been using mother nature for the past year) I have 50 amp (double pole) breakers in my service ...
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All Outlets on Breaker Randomly Give ~8V

All the devices on one of my breakers randomly stop working, and when checked with a multimeter, I see that the outlets are giving a voltage of ~8V rather than the ~125V I usually get. When I check ...
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My dryer stopped turning but still shakes when on and I think gives out heat

My Dryer inexplicably stopped turning. I went last night to switch it on and it doesnt turn anymore. The machine still shakes and I believe gets hot but it doesnt spin. Someone mentioned something ...
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How can I prevent my clothes dryer door from fogging up?

When I turn the air conditioning on in my house, the inside of the window in the clothes dryer door fogs up. Also, if clothes are left in the dryer, they become slightly damp again. How can I prevent ...
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Moving my washer and dryer will mean I'll need to move my dryer exhaust vent. How should I go about this?

I live in a two-story condo/townhouse. My dryer is downstairs in the kitchen and I'd like to move it upstairs. Right now, the exhaust vent runs up through the wall and under the upstairs bedroom ...
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How can I access the lint duct assembly of a Maytag Centennial dryer?

We have a Maytag Centennial dryer (Model # MGDC700VW0) that has had its lint filter neglected too many times in-between runs. When the lint filter is over-full, pulling it out actually lets lint ...
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Broken Dryer - won't start

So this morning I went to put my wash into the dryer, and it didn't start. First I checked the door switch, and it clicked on and off when pushed, so that seems to be ok. Next I checked the breaker ...
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Dryer Vent Exhaust Fan

My wife and I just bought our first house. I think that we discovered that our dryer vent is going to require some regular maitenence to keep it clean and able to dry our clothes. When we moved in, ...
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Should I connect the ground to the box when relocating a dryer to the basement?

The dryer cord is a three wire cord, I am installing a new dryer outlet in the basement, the previous outlet wire was a 4 wire cable with ground attached to the metal box, I am replicating the same ...
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Why won't my dryer tumble?

I have a GE dryer (MODEL #DSXH43EF0WW) and it stopped working this morning. The light still comes on when I open the door and the dryer will make a humming sound when I press the start button, but it ...
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How do we properly clean a tumble dryer?

There were a couple of chocolates not removed from the pockets of my trousers when I threw it into the washing machine for a spin. After the wash, I threw the trousers (among other clothes) into the ...
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OHM reading for dryer element? Bad thermal cutoff fuse indication of element overheating?

So I've read that I should get about 10-50 ohm reading on my dryer element. I do get a reading of around 10(jumps around alot) on my element, but this is with the multimeter set to 200(the lowest ...
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There is a brown burn mark on my dryer's vent

. Is this normal or do we need to unplug the dryer and run?
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What to do with wobbling laundry machine?

I have a laundry machine in a condo and have been using it for almost two years (I use it around 1-2 times a week). Last week when I was washing a heavy duty, I felt my laundry machine was a little ...
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Is a 4 Ohm reading on a dryer heating element bad?

My electric dryer will run but wont heat. I'm not very good at electrical work, so I've spent a lot of time researching and did some testing last night. My High-Level thermostat basically fell apart ...
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Can I terminate my dryer vent next to my gas meter?

Background I want to move my electric dryer. This involves moving the exhaust vent. This question is about where I can safely terminate the vent duct on the exterior of my home. I already understand ...
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How can I remove Ink stains from my dryer?

Long story short, I washed some clothes that had ink pens still inside. I throw them in the washer, and now that the clothes are dried, I see inks stains ALL over my dryer. It literally looks like ...
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What is the proper way to vent a dryer through a crawlspace?

I am selling a brick, pier and beam home that has a Dryer in the garage that currently vents into the crawlspace. I had run flex tubing through the crawls space to the crawlspace vent. The inspector ...
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Can I use a 1/8 water supply line for a dryer with steam refresh option?

I have a whirlpool steam refresh dryer that is not next to the washer or a water pipe. Can I use a 1/8" flexible pipe tapped into a pipe and then increase to fit on the dryer?
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Why must I hold the start button for my dryer to work?

I moved into an apartment with an old dryer that had issues starting and getting the clothes very hot. I had to hold the start button in and the dryer would "ramp up" before it would start. Anyway, I ...
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Can I use a vent that was over an electric oven for a dryer instead?

I just bought an apartment built in 1980 and it does not have a washer and dryer. There is a vent above an electric oven. I am remodeling the kitchen and moving the oven to the other side of the ...
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Why did my dryer shut off in the middle of drying a load?

My 14-year old Kenmore Laundry Center Dryer, Model #417.98702891, shut off in mid-load the other day. Internet research led me to believe it could be the thermal fuse. I first checked the vent lines ...
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Dryer booster installation forthcoming, any tips or warnings?

Background: As the title says, I'm about to (within the next week or 2) install a dryer booster for a new (to my friend, not newly built) house. The dryer vent goes through a couple bends behind the ...
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Dryer is making a terrible sound

Recently our dryer started making terrible noises. It sounds to me like a belt is broken, but it makes a grinding sound when turning. The noise is not constant. There is a strong burnt smell ...
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How can I connect my 30 amp electric dryer to a 50 amp plug?

I bought a used electric dryer and the connection that came with it says it's 30amp. I also have an old school plug in my wall that doesn't go with the connection provided. My current plug has 3 ...