Vented and Non Vented Clothes Dryers.When you dry clothes, the water can be extracted in two different states; as a liquid or a gas. The simplest way is to just spin the clothes and centrifugal force removes liquid water that’s drained away. The commonest method is to turn the water to steam and remove it via a vent to the exterior of the building. Another way is to cool the steam back to water and collect it to be removed some other way.

As one of Los Angeles leading home appliance repair specialists, West Coast Chief Repair knows a thing or two about dryers. We discuss many of the features and pros and cons of dryers in other articles, but one area we have yet to look at is the difference between vented and non-vented dryers. This is an important thing to consider when making a home dryer purchase.

Which is best?

When it comes to choosing the right dryer for your home, there are many things to consider. There are lots of brands offering a wide variety of features and promises to make life easier. There are electric dryers compared to gas dryers; there are so many options, it can be difficult to choose.

Vent Blocked by Fluff.The key difference between vented and non-vented dryers is the manner in which they dispose of moisture. Most people have vented dryers that allow for moisture and warm air to be vented to the outside air through wide flexible tubing. The biggest downfall to this type of ventilation system is that vented dryers can collect lint which can pose a fire concern. It is important to check the venting regularly to ensure safe operation and avoid repairs.

Non-vented dryers dispose of moisture through a hose that empties into a drain or a reservoir to be emptied periodically. Moisture is condensed to liquid water for ease of handling and either pumped into the drainage or stored in a receptacle that is emptied manually. While there is no fire concern beyond the unit’s lint trap, non-vented dryers still need the filters clearing regularly. As far as other operations are concerned, vented and non-vented dryers are nearly identical.

So which unit is right for you? This question really comes down to what your home, apartment, or condo is set up for and which you prefer. Understanding these simple differences can help you know what you are looking for before you go shopping (for instance, buying a vented dryer without a dryer vent or non-vented dryer without a drain will be a waste of time until you have the proper hookups). Knowing what to expect from a home appliance purchase and its installation is essential to ensuring a smooth appliance buying experience.