Replace a Broken Dryer Vent Cap

Install a new vent cap in about 30 minutes

Replace a broken dryer vent cap simply and quickly. Disconnect the through-wall duct and replace the duct and cap together.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Replace a dryer vent cap

Dryer vent caps are deliberately lightweight so they'll open easily, but this flimsiness also means they'll break easily. The caps, especially the type with multiple small flaps, also clog easily with lint. (Avoid this type unless you're conscientious about cleaning it.)

To replace an old vent cap, first pull apart the duct at the last joint inside the house. If they don't pull apart easily, look for small screws holding the sections of pipe together. Next, remove the screws or nails used to attach the cap to the siding and cut through the caulk around the edges (Photo 1). Pull out the cap, scrape away old caulk and dirt, and then wipe the siding clean so new caulk will stick.

Cut the new vent pipe to the same length as the old one, then slide it through the wall. Screw the cap to the siding and caulk around the edges with paintable caulk.

Finally, join the old duct inside the house to the new vent (Photo 2). Vent caps are available at home centers.

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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.

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

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • New vent cap
  • Metal tape
  • Acrylic caulk