How to Connect a Dryer Hose to a Kenmore Dryer
If you purchased a Kenmore dryer and are ready to install it in your home, the final step to installing the dryer is connecting the dryer hose. The dryer hose directs the lint and moisture out of the dryer tumbler and preferably out of the house. Take the time to connect the dryer hose to a Kenmore dryer correctly and keep the exhausted air out of your home.
Measure the distance between the Kenmore dryer exhaust port on the back of the dryer to the outside dryer vent connection with a tape measure. Most outside dryer vent connections are relatively close to the dryer.
Determine the route the dryer hose will follow from the dryer to the outside vent. You want to use the straightest route possible to reduce bends in the hose or duct work. Bends will accumulate lint quicker and require cleaning more often than straight lines.
Purchase dryer hose or dryer duct from a big box hardware store. There are many choices of materials however, the preferred material is 4-inch rigid metal duct or metal flexible duct hose. Purchase any elbows you may need to make turns in the duct route and also purchase clamps to secure the dryer duct hose to the dryer and the outside vent connection. Duct tape will be necessary if you are going to be using elbows.
Lay out the dryer duct work on the floor if using the rigid metal. Place the duct work into the planned route and connect any elbows necessary by inserting the elbows into the straight duct hose. Use clamps to secure the connection and wrap the connection and clamps with duct tape.
Slide a clamp over one end of the dryer duct hose and fit the end of the duct hose over the outside vent connection. Slide the clamp toward the end of the dryer duct hose and tighten the clamp with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Place a clamp over the opposite end of the dryer duct hose and install the end of the duct hose over the dryer exhaust port. Tighten the clamp with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Position the dryer into its working location and plug the dryer cord into the wall outlet.
- Avoid using plastic flexible hose for dryer venting. Lint accumulates quickly and requires constant cleaning.
- Never run the dryer without proper venting. The lint that flows through the exhaust can cause allergic reactions.
Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.