After a week here, the drier vents that were duct taped together fell apart. Because the drier is electric and it's been such a cold dry winter, I allowed the drier to just vent in the basement and I pushed the air around with some fans.
Well, eventually the venting fell apart further and I decided it needed to be redone. So my parents came over and helped me take apart this huge project. Mom just had her wisdom teeth pulled earlier in the week so she stayed upstairs on the couch with ice and only came down to check on progress and take pictures.
So we began taking apart the back of the drier and I was shocked at how much was caked in the drier itself. The drier isn't original, probably something from the mid-2000s, so I couldn't believe how much lint was in the back of it.
So anyways, my dad and I took apart each piece of venting and scraped out the inside with an old toilet brush (perfect sized tool for this).
|Toilet brush works perfectly|
|One end cleaned!|
This was no small task and took a long time, but we are so glad it's done.
And the whole reason the extra fan didn't work was because when it was mounted to the basement ceiling, a screw was put in that was too long and didn't allow the fan blades to move. The second we removed that screw, the fan spun like crazy and shot lint out everywhere. Oh and it's not whisper quiet, you can hear it running and it's working like a charm now.
So although the project was a lot dirtier than I thought, I am so glad to have clean venting and a working fan. My dryer is going to run so much more efficiently now.