Dryer Vent Through Ceiling Normal?

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pimpko911

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Dryer Vent Through Ceiling Normal?
« on: April 05, 2018, 07:42:48 PM »
I just bought a house in Florida and noticed that they have the dryer vented from the ceiling beneath my balcony outside. This must be because the laundry room isn't adjacent to any external walls, so they routed the venting up, over, and then down from the ceiling. I've never seen this before and am concerned that this would cause lint buildup and create a fire hazard.

Is this normal to have the dryer vent routed this way? The only "external" wall that the laundry room is adjacent to is the garage. What are your thoughts on re-routing the dryer vent to the garage?

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Re: Dryer Vent Through Ceiling Normal?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 03:49:55 PM »
Sounds like this is a two story single family residence. 
Dryer venting in wall ducting is permitable up to 35 feet, less 5 feet for every elbow.  We suggest, the shortest distance with the least amount of ells, and a termination that is not near a door, window or AC compressor. 

Code does not allow you to vent into the garage.  Has to terminate outside somewhere. 
By a "LintEater" at home depot, Amazon or Lowes for $30.  They are great.  Consider leaving the termination where it is.  If the run is under 35 feet and super clean, it should be fine, unless you are unhappy with the exhaust fumes at the balcony. 
Rick Harpenau
In-O-Vate Technologies, Inc
Jupiter, FL  33477
561-743-8696