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My condo unit is on the first floor of an 8 floor building. The dryer exhaust pipe that leads to

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Old 08-09-2013, 09:47 AM
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Default Does my "before & after" video prove exhaust pipe to roof is clogged?
Model Number: FSE747GES1   Brand: Frigidaire   Age: More than 10 years   

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My condo unit is on the first floor of an 8 floor building. The dryer exhaust pipe that leads to the roof is shared by all the condos in my section of the building. I'm trying to establish whether that pipe is clogged (or partially clogged). My dryer overheats and blows the thermal fuse after about 10 minutes of operation.

To check whether the exhaust pipe is clogged, I shot a short video (77 seconds) that shows the difference in air flow before and after disconnecting the dryer from the wall exhaust vent. To see the air flow, I used the smoke from the smoldering tip of a stick of incense, with the tip about 8 inches above the lint trap. (The dryer top panel was off. The dryer door was open so the camera could get a good view, which means I had to manually hold the door switch in order to run the dryer.)

The video shows much stronger suction into the lint trap when the dryer is not connected to the wall vent.

The video is at Youtube:
Test of dryer air flow, proving duct to roof is clogged - YouTube

I'm hoping someone will offer an expert opinion about whether
the video really does prove the exhaust pipe is clogged.

If that pipe is clogged, what does it mean that residents of other condos above mine, who share the pipe, haven't been complaining that they too have dryer problems? Might they simply be failing to notice their clothes are taking longer to dry? Could the exhaust from their dryers be exiting through a vent into another condo (such as my condo), out through that other condo's dryer (my dryer)?

Thanks in advance,
Margret


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