How to Move a Dryer Vent's Hose From the Back to the Side

The vent hose helps a dryer disperse its excess hot air into the atmosphere.

You can move the dryer's vent hose.You can move the dryer's vent hose.
Vent hoses are typically attached to dryer vents that lead to the outside. A hose clamp holds the dryer hose in place on the back of the vent. Typically these vents are installed towards the back of the dryer but they can be located just about anywhere as needed. You can move your dryer's vent hose from the back to the side, for example, without much trouble.

Unplug the dryer or turn off the power for the circuit where the dryer is installed, at the main switch.

Determine where you want to move the vent hose for your dryer. Make a mark on the inside wall where you want the vent hose to connect to the exhaust vent. Attach a drill bit to your drill. Drill a hole in the center of the mark so the drill goes through to the other side of the wall.

Go to the exterior wall. Hold up the new vent and place it over the hole that you just drilled so the hole is in the center of the vent. Mark around the edges of the circular portion of the exhaust vent with a marker to outline the hole that you need to cut in the wall.

Saw out along the outline of the hole with a keyhole saw. After you've started the cut, attach a blade to the jigsaw and cut around the outline.

File down any rough edges on the cut. Insert the new exhaust vent. Secure it to the exterior wall with the screws.

Loosen the hose clamp holding the exhaust hose to the old vent in the back. Pull the exhaust hose and clamp off the old vent. Slip the exhaust hose over the back of the new vent on the side. Secure it with the clamp.

Restore power to the dryer.

Things You Will Need

  • New dryer vent
  • Marker
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit, 1/4-inch
  • Keyhole saw
  • Jigsaw with cutting blade
  • File
  • 4 screws
  • Screwdriver

Tip

  • If you have trouble getting the vent hose on the new vent, apply a few drops of dishwashing soap to the inside of the dryer vent hose.

Warning

  • Check local laws regarding the dryer vent placement. Some municipalities require that the vent be located a certain number of inches above the ground.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.