Does an outdoor dryer need to be vented?

My dryer is outside, but the vent goes into the house through the crawl space and then gets vented out through a screen on the side of the house. This is redundant, isn t it? If the dryer is already outside, can t it just vent where it already is, rather than going under the house just to vent back outside?

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  • 8 months ago

    It's already "vented outdoors", which is all that is required. If it's a gas-fired dryer, you may need to make sure the outlet has the proper safety clearance from anything combustible and from anywhere a child could accidentally contact it. Local codes may vary.

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  • 8 months ago

    Yeah 100% for sure. sounds like a huge fire hazard anyways.

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  • 8 months ago

    Yes vent it outside, but blow the exhaust away from the dryer or you will get covered in lint. Keep the end low enough so you can clean it.

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  • 8 months ago

    Venting into a garage is fine as long you’re willing to put with lint coating your vehicles– they’re gonna get messy. . Regardless of where you live, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your garage is well vented if you’re going to run that dirty, humid dryer exhaust into a closed space like a garage. You for sure need to install a lint trap on the opening from the dryer. Like this one. https://www.amazon.com/Deflecto-Dryer-Supurr-Flex-...

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    • KY-Clay
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      8 months agoReport

      I understand that no one puts a dryer outside. That would be utterly foolish. The dryer is in the garage and that is how I answered the question. What part of putting a dryer outside means garage not out in the weather were rain and snow can destroy it. Only a fool would do that.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    No, but you may want to put something onto the hose, to catch lint and keep it from flying all over. They make mesh type gizmos for this, but an old nylon stocking and rubber band could also work.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    No. But some sort of screen over the outlet is advisable. Long ducted vents are not a good idea as thay can fill up with condensation.

    • Nuff Sed
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      8 months agoReport

      National mechanical codes generally prohibit any sort of "screen" over the outlet.

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  • 8 months ago

    Yes, You are correct. There is no point venting it through the house. It would work more efficiently without.

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