How to Install a Dryer Vent in 6 Steps
If you’ve just moved into a new home or bought a new vented dryer, the need to connect dryer venting or install an original venting system is inevitable. You may also have to change your dryer’s plug to match your new home’s electrical outlet. Venting your dryer can be as simple as connecting compatible venting to existing ductwork in your laundry room or entail a more complicated process of laying new ductwork that runs through an exterior wall of your home. A space already equipped with venting hookups may require a handful of tools and supplies, plus a little bit of know-how, to get the job done right.
Laying all new ductwork for your dryer is a more extensive process, so it might be helpful to contact a professional for guidance. Follow the six simple steps below to learn more about connecting a dryer vent.
INSTALLING A DRYER VENT: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Installing a dryer vent is a simple process once you know the right steps. All you need to do is clean the existing vent system, measure the distance between the dryer outlet and exhaust outlet, choose your vent type, trim it to size, attach it and push your dryer back into place.
Use the following guide and the instructions provided in your appliance installation guide to install your dryer vent and get your laundry day back on track. Professional installation is also a great option if you haven’t taken on a project like this before. Choose installation at checkout when buying select new Maytag® appliances, depending on your location.
What You’ll Need to Get Started
- Heavy metal exhaust vent (rigid or flexible, usually 4 inch diameter)
- Vent elbows (if applicable)
- Foil tape or vent clamps
- Tin snips
- Tape measure
- Protective work gloves
DOES A DRYER HAVE TO BE VENTED OUTSIDE?
It is generally recommended to vent your dryer outside. Venting your dryer inside can create moisture inside your home and may lead to mold growth. This can reduce the air quality of your house and may aggravate breathing problems like asthma.
HOW LONG CAN A DRYER VENT BE?
Dryer vent hoses should be no more than 7¾ ft. The total length should include any flexible metal vent that is used in the overall vent system design. The duct should not exceed this length to avoid sagging and kinking, which can reduce airflow and lead to poor drying performance.
EXPLORE MAYTAG® DRYERS
Properly installing your dryer’s venting allows the dryer to perform more efficiently, dry clothes fully and properly and helps keep your family and home safe. For more questions about the steps above, or to learn more about installing original ductwork from start to finish, contact a professional. Then, consider these Maytag® dryers with dependable drying features to get even more from your laundry experience.