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Offline jason1979g

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Pvc dryer vent
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:00:15 AM »
I got a call that warranty was Voided  because they had a PVC dryer vent. The complaint was no heat. The element was burned out. The warranty guy said they voided it because it was vented into PVC pipe. I did notice it was 3in pipe. I told them it needed to be 4in pipe. so was the warranty void it because it was 3 inch pipe  not 4 inch or because it was PVC pipe and not regular dryer venting pipe? Or maybe the guy is just full of it and didn't want to do the job?

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 04:26:21 PM »
Guess that's one way to get out of doing a warranty call, lol...

I don't do warranty work myself...
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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 05:35:00 PM »
What does the warranty say, not the Tech?
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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2013, 05:40:28 PM »
Here is a copy of the Whirlpool dryer warranty.



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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2013, 07:23:30 PM »
When we did Maytag warranty the same applied, specified right on the dryer where it hooked up. Never saw where it was justified to void the warranty, I think it was fear of a fire lawsuit more than anything.

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2013, 08:27:13 PM »
do you guys think that pvc it ok to use just as long that its the correct size? or use metal dryer duct ?

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 08:31:55 PM »
I think PVC collects lint faster than metal.

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 08:36:41 PM »
I won't connect a dryer to PVC vent, my liability insurance won't let me as it is a fire hazard.

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 09:02:10 PM »
ok, I'll tell him when he changes it to you metal.

would any of you install dryer ducting or leave it to someone else? I might do it just because im slow right now.

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2013, 09:34:28 PM »
I would install it myself.
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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2013, 10:05:39 PM »
The warranty isn't void. The tech just didn't want to do the work. We have guys on our crew that do that all the time. Then I get sent out to fix the dryer and tell the costumer that they can't use it until a proper vent is installed. The manufacturer is not responsible for vents and power cords. And is not responsible if a dryer catches fire from using an improper vent. If the plastic vent was the cause of the element failure, then the warranty is void for that particular failure.

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Re: Pvc dryer vent
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2013, 08:02:40 AM »
I just did a call last week on a rental property. The dryer had 4 inch PVC duct into a 3 inch abs pipe (made for toilet drain) . I hooked up a new metal duct and left it disconnected. Told the landlord he will have to change it . I would have but it was inside a finished wall and through a couple units. My drywall skills are VERY limited (i can make holes but can't fix 'em lol)

When I worked for GE (CAMCO in Canada) in the '90's they had a problem with paint peeling inside the dryer drum. It was warranty for 1 year. If the paint peeled after 1 year it was covered if they used the correct vent. If it was plastic vent it was not covered.

Now I believe the building code does not allow for PVC duct even for room exhaust (don't quote me on that). Too much of a fire hazard.

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