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Dryer Vent Cover Repair

Stop cool drafts from leaky clothes dryer vents by cleaning and lubricating the vent flaps so they completely close. If unsuccessful, replace the vent, a simple task.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Dryer Vent Cover Repair

Stop cool drafts from leaky clothes dryer vents by cleaning and lubricating the vent flaps so they completely close. If unsuccessful, replace the vent, a simple task.

Clean or replace a leaky dryer vent

If cold air comes into your laundry room through the dryer vent, you should be able to stop it fairly easily. The vent should have a flap (or flaps) at the end to stop air infiltration (see photos). Go outside and make sure there’s a flap and that it’s not stuck open. If the flap works well, check the caulking. If it’s cracking and peeling away, it’s probably allowing cold air to leak in. Cut away the old caulking, make sure the vent is flush against the siding, and apply new latex caulk.

If the flap doesn’t close on its own, try cleaning it and then spray silicone on the pivot point. If the flap still won’t close, replace it. A new vent costs about $5 at home centers, and installing it will only take about 15 minutes.

Start by cutting away the caulking around the vent on the siding with a utility knife, remove any screws and unclamp the duct leading to the dryer. Slide the old vent out of the wall, slip in the new one and reattach it to the duct. Caulk around the vent flange.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Caulk gun
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Utility knife

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July 19, 2:44 PM [GMT -5]

Our washing machine was leaving black marks on our clothes every few loads and sometimes items were getting stuck in the door. Occasionally they would wash out but most of the times the marks turned into a stain we couldn't get rid of. I did some research online and called a few people who informed me that I'd probably have to replace the seal on the basket, which I figured was going to cost me an arm and a leg. I ended up finding it online at www.appliancehelp.com, bought it and had it shipped for less that $30 and I received the part in 2 days. The seal was really easy to replace after I found a few videos on YouTube that showed me exactly how to do it. Feeling pretty good about myself right about now!

July 19, 2:43 PM [GMT -5]

Our washing machine was leaving black marks on our clothes every few loads and sometimes items were getting stuck in the door. Occasionally they would wash out but most of the times the marks turned into a stain we couldn't get rid of. I did some research online and called a few people who informed me that I'd probably have to replace the seal on the basket, which I figured was going to cost me an arm and a leg. I ended up finding it online at www.appliancehelp.com, bought it and had it shipped for less that $30 and I received the part in 2 days. The seal was really easy to replace after I found a few videos on YouTube that showed me exactly how to do it. Feeling pretty good about myself right about now!

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