People are just realizing why their tumble dryers are taking so long & a common mistake can cause fires | The Sun

THERE'S nothing more annoying than removing your clothes from the dryer to find they're still damp.

An appliance repair expert revealed that this common issue may not just be irritating, but also dangerous.

TikTok user Renae, known to her followers as Renduh, shared the common mistake people make with their tumble dryers.

The appliance expert responded to a viral video, which offered an unsafe solution to bends in your dryer vents.

The uninformed post claimed that adding a small metal box to your dryer venting is a DIY hack for poor airflow.

Renae explained: "Your dryer venting is the tube that connects the back of the dryer to the outside. It should be as short of route as possible to the outside, with as few bends as possible.

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"Otherwise it can’t push all of the heat and lint out effectively, which is a fire hazard," she continued.

The appliance pro detailed how most building codes in the United States require venting to be round, and at least four inches in diameter.

Venting must also be a maximum of 35ft long, adding 5ft for every 90 degree bend, and 2.5ft for every 45 degree bend.

The TikToker detailed: "Round is better than a box, because the corners collect much more lint. The metal box he’s telling people to replace the vent tube with looks to be only about 1-2” wide."

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More bends equal less air flow so adding a box is not a safe solution, according to Renae.

The appliance expert shared examples of how to install your venting correctly, as recommended by FEMA, the National Fire Prevention Association, and every manufacturer she has trained with.

TikTok users took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the tip.

"Thank you for this. Mine is about the same length from wall to dryer. I now know I need to cut my vent down because it has so many bends. Thank you!!" wrote one viewer.

Another follower said: "I was going to do that cause the location our dryer is at affects the ability to open the back door. Need another plan now…"

"Thank you for this…I am about to replace my dryer vent. I really needed this info," commented a third person.

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