1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

September 23, 2008

:267 Dryer Test Method

Filed under: :267 Dryer Test Method — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:48 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:267 EcoTip: A clothes line provides the most energy efficient method for drying, but if you are going to use a clothes dryer – make sure it is operating efficiently. Here’s a test method you can use to check both the dryer and the ducting to help insure it is working effectively.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :071, :072, :245, :246,

For more information check www.vcisafety.org

The Vent Check® Test Kit has the following Instructions

  1. Place one indicator strip inside empty dryer.
  2. Remove lint screen.
  3. Set the dryer on high heat and time dry.
  4. Locate exhaust vent duct cover. Clip the second indicator strip to the inside of the duct cover on the exterior exhaust vent. Be certain that the measurement end of the indicator is inserted completely inside the vent.
  5. Start dryer and allow it to run 5 – 7 minutes.
  6. Retrieve both indicator strips from their applied locations.

a) If both indicators show red color dot, dryer and vent are functioning properly.

b) If the indicator strip inside the dryer has red dot and the second strip is still white, then the dryer is reaching minimum operating temperature, but the vent system may be clogged.

c) If both indicator strips are white, then your dryer is probably not reaching minimum operating temperature. Disconnect vent from rear of dryer and repeat test with dryer only.

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