Dryer booster fan

salilsurendranApril 19, 2013

Hello,
I wanted to install a dryer booster fan since my duct is over 30 feet long. I was wondering do I need to buy a lint trap to go along with it? Also I measured the duct circumference which comes to 14" and hence the diameter seems to be 4.5". Most fans are for 4". Do I have to buy an adapter?

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richard_f

Is the duct sheet metal or flex duct? I've never seen prefabricated dryer ducting that wasn't 4". How does it mate to the dryer, where the outlet is certainly 4"?

If they're really different diameters you should be able to join them with a good quality, metal backed duct tape. Or if it's flex duct, replace it.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:25PM
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salilsurendran

I believe it is flex duct. It looks something like this

Here is a link that might be useful: flex duct

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:37PM
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richard_f

That should fit - notice how the ends are slightly smaller than the middle.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 8:48PM
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fahrenheit_451

Yes, I would purchase and install an auxiliary lint box*. Also, are you having this installed by a licensed electrician?

*Link provided solely as a reference and not a recommendation. I have no affiliation with said company.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 1:51PM
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salilsurendran

But my dryer already has a lint filter. Do I still need a auxiliary lint box?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 7:17PM
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fahrenheit_451

I've not yet seen a dryer filter screen that blocks all the lint; this can be substantiated by the amount of blow-by lint found in the dryer ducting when you go to clean or replace the ducting on even the shortest of runs. The length of duct from the dryer to the auxiliary lint trap will become the most lint laden of the ducting, but it is easily cleaned; the balance of the thirty feet much harder to clean. The associated dampness of the dryer's exhaust is the primary catalyst to the lint formation on the inside of the ducting. You're running thirty (30) feet of ducting and now it is further assisted by a booster fan at the terminating end. Without the auxiliary filter you will be pulling more lint through the duct increasing the chance of lint formation.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 12:28PM
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mrb627

I installed a lint buster fan. No additional filter needed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lint buster fan booster

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:00PM
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