Dryer vent tubes exhaust moist atmosphere from a clothes dryer’s drum to the outside of the home. Moving a drier or pushing a drier against a wall can dislodge the end of the tube from the back of the drier. When this happens, moist air blows into the laundry room or laundry closet. Over the years, lint and moisture can collect and cause difficulties. Reattaching a drier vent tube isn’t difficult. In most cases, a do-it-yourself homeowner can do the task in a rather brief time.

Ask a helper to help transfer the dryer away from the wall to access the flexible gas line onto a gas drier. Shut off the valve in the gas pipe. Disconnect the fitting where the line connects to the valve, using an adjustable wrench. For an electric drier, unplug the power cord from the outlet.

Move the drier as needed for room to access the back along with also the circular exhaust pipe where the vent tube attaches. The disconnected flexible vent tube needs to be nearby, as well as the open end might have the clamp still attached.

Loosen the bolt on the clamp counterclockwise using a nut driver. Pull the clamp off the end of the vent tube.

Slide a new vent clamp onto the tubing, then 3/4 inch from the open end. Hold the tubing near the open end and fit it completely onto the circular exhaust pipe. Tighten the bolt on the clamp to secure the vent pipe into the dryer exhaust.

Reposition the drier, as needed, to reattach the flexible gas line fitting to the natural gas valve. Tighten the fitting securely using the wrench. Open the valve. For an electric drier, plug the cord into the electrical outlet.

Move the drier into position for use, taking care not to compress the vent tube between the wall and back of the drier.

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