Don’t Mist! How to Get Rid of Dryer Condensation
A condensation-prone dryer can be a frustrating problem to deal with. Not only does it leave your clothes damp and musty, but it can also be a sign of larger issues with your appliance. We’ll explore some common causes of this problem and provide tips on how to fix condensation in your dryer.
Why Is My Dryer Wet Inside?
Condensation in your dryer can be dangerous, and it’s best not to ignore the issue. There are a few potential reasons your dryer may have excess condensation inside. Here are the most common.
1. Dryer Location
One of the most common causes of a condensation-prone dryer is its location. If your dryer is located in a damp or poorly ventilated area, it can make it difficult for the appliance to properly ventilate and dry your clothes. However, moving your dryer to a more well-ventilated area is likely not an option for you. Instead, install a dehumidifier in the room to help remove excess moisture from the air and help your dryer do its job.
2. Clogged Vent Ducts or Lint Filter
If your dryer seems condensation-prone or seems like it’s “sweating” after it’s done running, you may be dealing with a clogged vent duct or lint filter. Lint can build up in these areas over time, making it difficult for the dryer to properly ventilate and dry your clothes. To resolve this issue, you’ll need to clean the dryer’s vent duct and lint trap.
Steps to clean out your vent duct and lint filter:
- Unplug your dryer and disconnect the vent duct from the back of the dryer.
- Use a vacuum or a dryer vent brush to remove any lint or debris from the vent duct.
- Reattach the vent duct and turn your dryer back on.
- Clean the lint filter by removing it from the dryer and using a brush to remove any lint or debris.
3. Make Sure the Vent Hose Is Positioned Correctly
The vent hose should be properly positioned between the exhaust ducts on your dryer and your home in order to stop condensation from getting in your dryer vent and hanging around. Make sure the hose is not kinked or bent too sharply. Additionally, the vent hose should lay as flat as possible to ensure moisture cannot fall back down the vent and into the dryer.
4. Have a Professional Repair Your Dryer
Condensation in your dryer is downright annoying. But if your clothes are continuously coming out wet, you may have a bigger issue like a bad heating element or a broken thermostat. If this is the case, it’s best to call your manufacturer for professional service on your dryer.
How to Know When to Replace Your Dryer
If your dryer is too expensive to repair or unable to be fixed, it may be time to replace it. It’s likely time to start shopping for a new dryer if:
- It’s overly noisy when running (squeaking, squealing, or thumping)
- It’s more than 10 years old
- The dryer is producing condensation even after common troubleshooting tactics
- It no longer dries your clothes regardless of dry times
- There’s a burning smell when the dryer is running
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A condensation-prone dryer can be caused by a variety of issues, such as its location, clogged vent ducts or lint filters. With the tips provided above, you should be able to resolve the issue on your own.
However, if your dryer is too expensive to repair or can’t be fixed, it’s time to replace it! Skip the costly repairs now and down the road, and invest in affordable washer and dryer bundles at Rent-A-Center. Shop online or stop by your nearest Rent-A-Center location today.