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biscuitnt

06:09AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 06/09/04
16 lifetime posts
I may have asked this question last year, but here it goes again as the problem has come back.

First off, to set the stage, the dryer is electric and dries clothes just fine, its a KitchenAid that is vented with straight pipe about 12 feet through an exterior wall with a louvered vent cap.

Problem is that sometimes after drying clothes, mabey a couple of days later, my wife opens the dryer and ther is about 1/8" to 1/4" of standing water in the drum and the lint filter is saturated with water.

If have a couple of theories but want to hear some ideas from others.

Also mabey worth noting, the vent pipe is drafted to the exterior wall, the louver cap is opening and closing just fine. The vent pipe leaves the laundry room and runs into the garage then through the exterior brick wall.

As I stated before , the dryer works fine and dries just a quick as the day I purchased it.

And no, I am not drunk and looking at the washing machine as suggested by my brother when I called him.

Many thanks in advance.

Biscuit

DanO

09:47AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
Sounds to me like condensation is forming. That most often occurs from a plugged, partially plugged or poorly installed (see the following link) dryer vent. That however in most cases causes a buildup in the vent itself but you never know. If the room where the dryer is located is air conditioned, it may make matter worse.

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=778

The only other possibility I can think of is maybe animals are using the dryer as a litter box.

Dan O.

http://www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=clothes+dryer

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biscuitnt

11:03AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 06/09/04
16 lifetime posts
Length is not the issue, I am only around 15 feet , its a kitchenAid and the vent system has no (zero) elbows. the vent pipe is pvc (4"). The laundry room is conditioned with the vent pipe running through the wall into the Garage for 14 feet adn then through the exterior brick wall. I installed it myself, and know it has slope to the outside.

The dryer dries the clothes just fine in as quick as it ever did. no problems there.

I am just confused as can be about this,. I am a mechanical engineer and have actually performed an ambient air pressure test on the laundry room to see if it could be going negative and pulling moisture from outside or within the pipe. It is not doing that, I maintain positive pressure within the space.

I do appreciate the response, but no dice , the vent is clean and clear.

However I do have one question, would the PVC pipe vent cause more moisture (condensation) than a metal vent pipe??

I should already know this, but I dont.

Regards

Biscuit

biscuitnt

11:04AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 06/09/04
16 lifetime posts
No animals, and no hard liquour when I open the dryer!! :)

DanO

02:25PM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** would the PVC pipe vent cause more moisture (condensation) than a metal vent pipe?? **

I don't think so but it is not the preferred material to be used. Many technicians find that lint can 'cling' to it causing it to develop build-ups more easily.

Sorry but I have no idea where your problem lies.

Dan O.

plumber Tom

03:02PM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
There are different types of pvc pipe available. If it's the foam core type, that may explain the condensation. IMO i would re-do the entire dryer vent in 26 gauge rigid snap pipe. A lesser gauge is acceptable on dryer vents, but the 26 will be more durable.

biscuitnt

02:04AM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 06/09/04
16 lifetime posts
Its PVC thin wall sewer pipe, but has zero lint accumulation in it. I just dont understand it.

Regards

BV001976

08:38AM | 09/01/13
We are having the same problem with our dryer and this is the first year it has ever done this. My husband has checked everything and we have a whirlpool dryer.

BV004708

11:43PM | 06/17/14
We have a whirlpool dryer and have the same exact problem as biscuit ... Same set up same exact thing happening ... Can't explain it

BV005440

01:45PM | 08/23/14
We just had the same problem this morning. just started troubleshooting it. still need to check for clogged lint. pretty sure the cat has not used it ;) lint trap has moisture and a little standing water in it too. ????

tigercat39

03:08PM | 08/27/14
Member Since: 08/27/14
1 lifetime posts
I just started to have water in my dryer as well this year. Has happened twice so far after a storm. It's electric, have the accordian tubing in a mobile home. Repair guy checked to see if the tubing was plugged but he said it was putting out heat from the vent. Am starting to have a bad bearing, but that's probably a different problem. Any more ideas??

BV008214

12:10PM | 06/29/15
I'm having the same problem with my whirlpool dryer. I've had it a year with no issues until last week when I returned from vacation and had standing water inside. It's happened 2 more times since then! Has anyone found a solution?

BV008184

12:29PM | 07/07/15
My gas Whirlpool dryer also gets condensation inside during the summer. Our repairman couldn't find anything wrong and suggested that we change the outside vent.

BV008383

12:03PM | 07/18/15
Having the same problem. I also found that I have condensation building on the outside of my ducts in the basement (dryer is in the basement). I think I have outside hot most air leaking into the basement causing excessive humidity...only a summer problem so far, so I think it has nothing to do with the actual dryer.

BV008403

03:24PM | 07/20/15
We just changed the vent cover outside (the old flap had broken off) and I've come to the conclusion that the water in my dryer drum (and occasionally on my lint trap) is from the humidity in the summer. The vent cover I have now is rather flimsy compared to what I had before so I think that makes the most sense.

BV008454

04:14PM | 07/25/15
same problem with our lg. i think...hot weather from outside, coming in to our dryer from outside and then the cool, almost cold house we keep in the summer, this is causing condensation. possible?

BV008510

02:58PM | 07/30/15
We are having the same problem and we just rebuilt the entire house after a fire. Additionally, about half of our ac vents are condensing and steadily dripping. It's odd because some rooms with multiple vents will only have one condensing. Help?

BV009014

10:30PM | 09/21/15
Just encountered same problem. It's a whirlpool and has a steam cycle which means there is a water line hooked to dryer. Unhook water line

BV012145

11:05AM | 07/06/16
We have the same problem. GE.. Have had vent hood replaced. put a flap type plastic thing on inside at dryer. And have had dryer checked out. New Home.. New Dryer. No lint build up.. not blocked. Still tons of condensation in the dryer in drum and lint catcher. I am stumped. We live in Texas.. humidity is ridiculous and dryer is in laundry room where it is air conditioned. But we've owned about 5 homes, never had this issue. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

BV012159

07:00AM | 07/07/16
Had the same issue. Fixed it. The duct (exhaust line) was the aluminum coil type, replaced it with smooth metal. Outside flapper was fairly new, but in the HOT humid air of Florida it must leak a little and allow hot moist air in - we keep the home cool. My dryer looked as if it was raining inside it! The old duct (exhaust) had wet lint inside the entire length. My dryer is only 1 year old. The previous one started to stink BAD (20 yrs old) so we threw it away. Now I realize it is the high humidity of Fla and the wrong exhaust plus flapper on the exterior of the home that created the issue. If you don't want to ruin your dryer better replace the exhaust lines and exterior flapper. Also, make sure to vacuum out the back of the dryer before attaching the new line. My exhaust line was short, about 8 feet. Also it was about 2 years since I replaced it. With the new smooth metal, all I will need to do is vacuum it out every 6 months to 1 year. The dryer doesn't "rain" anymore!

BV012159

07:03AM | 07/07/16
Had the same issue. Fixed it. The duct (exhaust line) was the aluminum coil type, replaced it with smooth metal. Outside flapper was fairly new, but in the HOT humid air of Florida it must leak a little and allow hot moist air in - we keep the home cool. My dryer looked as if it was raining inside it! The old duct (exhaust) had wet lint inside the entire length. My dryer is only 1 year old. The previous one started to stink BAD (20 yrs old) so we threw it away. Now I realize it is the high humidity of Fla and the wrong exhaust plus flapper on the exterior of the home that created the issue. If you don't want to ruin your dryer better replace the exhaust lines and exterior flapper. Also, make sure to vacuum out the back of the dryer before attaching the new line. My exhaust line was short, about 8 feet. Also it was about 2 years since I replaced it. With the new smooth metal, all I will need to do is vacuum it out every 6 months to 1 year. The dryer doesn't "rain" anymore!

BV012541

12:02PM | 08/14/16
yes, I have recently discovered water in my dryer. It's been very hot and humid. Our laundry room is air conditioned but the door is always open. I thought condensation but wow that's a lot of condensating. I just wipe it out but it takes longer for the clothes to dry. whaaatttt????

BV012670

01:05AM | 08/26/16
Mine does same thing. Technician came by. Common problems especially on new appliances. He told me condensation I can maybe change the outside vent make sure vent closes but that's all he told me nothing more to solve problem

BV017057

12:47PM | 08/04/18
Same issue with a new dryer, cleaned the whole vent tube. Old dryer did not have this issue

BV017057

03:15PM | 08/08/18
Found my issue. Old dryer no issues. New dryer has issues but those issues didn’t show up till humid rainy season. We did have the vent line cleaned before summer. I was stumped. I went under house and followed the vent line ( I had set dryer to run while I was looking) and found the vent pipe separated underneath the house by a two inch gap. Still enough pressure to open the flap on the outside vent to appears all was good. When the dryer was off the humid air was going into pipe and cause condensation on the inside of the dryer. The dryer of course is cool since a/c is on. Once I fixed the gap and sealed it up, no more issues.


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