A vent about vents

by DaniGirl on March 20, 2008 · 26 comments

in Rants and rambles

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers, when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses, when one of those family members is a newborn.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers, when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses, when one of those family members is a newborn, with diaper-leak issues.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers, when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses, when one of those family members is a newborn, with diaper-leak issues and spit-up issues due to reflux.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers, when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses, when one of those family members is a newborn, with diaper-leak issues and spit-up issues due to reflux, when the dryer starts taking two to four HOURS to dry a single load.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers, when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses, when one of those family members is a newborn, with diaper-leak issues and spit-up issues due to reflux, when the dryer starts taking two to four HOURS to dry a single load and suddenly the washer is leaving the clothes sopping wet.

I went out this week and blew almost two grand on a high-efficiency washer and dryer to replace the ancient ones (more than 15, perhaps as old as 25 years) that came with the house when we bought it. Hello and goodbye tax refund.

Imagine the amount of laundry generated by your average family of five, including two busy preschoolers, when enduring back-to-back stomach viruses, when one of those family members is a newborn, with diaper-leak issues and spit-up issues due to reflux, who have just purchased a new high efficiency washer and dryer — and the NEW dryer still takes three runs to dry the clothes.

Did you know neither the dryer repairman, nor the dryer installer, nor the dryer salesperson, nor the duct cleaning people, will come over and check your dryer vent? Did you know that they all claim they have no idea who will do such a thing, even though your new dryer manual says you should have it done once a year or so? Did you know that when talking to the dryer service people on the phone, after talking to all the above professionals and only shortly after your visit to the pediatrician finding out your six week old son is still not quite gaining enough weight so you’ll have to increase the daily amount of formula, if you burst into tears of utter frustration the service people are suddenly far more helpful? And did you know that you can actually run your dryer without it being hooked up to the outdoor vent hose at all (for a short time, at least)? But of course the service person can’t make it over until after the long weekend. And either the new dryer doesn’t work properly, or you just spent two grand on a new washer and dryer when the problem was with the vents all along.

It’s been a very long day.


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1 Chantal March 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Awe man that sucks (all of it and the tears). Now I wish I hadn’t been so shy and said hi (see my latest post – shame and blush).

You mean the vent people won’t clean dryer vents. We had a repair man over last week who said we needed ours cleaned… AGHHH.

I hope you feel better soon. I know what that kind of a funk can be like. Been there myself. My son was 3 months old and we had a routine check on our furnace and the repair man condemned it due to a crack in the heating block. With my nursing issues, stress with my hubby’s job and money issues it just about pushed me over the edge.

2 b March 20, 2008 at 12:42 pm

The plumber cleared our vent when we had trouble. Don’t know if all plumbers do or if he just really needed some work.

3 Anonymous March 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Oy. Awful day(s). I hope the new dryer gives you pleasure once everything is fixed.

4 Roz March 20, 2008 at 1:29 pm

aww…you poor thing.

Doesn’t a good cry feel good though sometimes??

I hope they get it sorted out for you soon. I could picture you in one of those LG commercials where the lady destroys her old washer and dryer for a new set. At least you have a pretty new washer and dryer ๐Ÿ™‚

Hopefully you won’t have to leave the vent unhooked for too long because it can create a lot of moisture in the house.

p.s. my captcha says “thursday” how does it know????

5 cinnamon gurl March 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm

That sucks. I just said to my husband yesterday, sometimes life is just overwhelming. And I was only dealing with one child with a stomach bug and a perfectly functional dryer… Hope things improve veyr soon.

6 Sharon March 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm

My hubby cleans the Vent. I didn’t know it was such a big deal to have someone over to that.
And May I say I’m one Enivous Lady looking at your new Washer and Dryer.

It’s what I wanted but couldn’t swallow the cost to get.

Enjoy!

And I hope all the laundry clears up for you soon.
Hugs
Sharon

7 Fawn March 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I’m sure once everything gets sorted out, you’ll love the high-efficiency machines. Our laundry goes much faster than it used to and my MIL’s HE dryer is so good, it actually dries the clothes faster than the washer can wash them! Now THAT’S amazing.

8 Reluctant Housewife March 20, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Oh, ouch! How frustrating.

And I’m sorry that amount of laundry can only be calculated by a supercomputer – it’s quite beyond what my imagination can handle.

I hope the problem gets fixed, like, yesterday.

9 BeachMama March 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I feel for you I really do. Sorry Lucas is still not gaining fast enough. And if it makes you feel better, when we lived in Winnipeg, every winter we caped of the external vent and put the hose on the floor to put warmth in the basement. We had a special lint filter for it, but we did it all winter long. And a stocking will work fine.

10 Beck March 20, 2008 at 8:32 pm

My husband cleans our vent, which sounds kind of dirty to write. I’m sorry for your rotten day – my youngest child had weight gain problems for ages, but they DID all get straightened out.

11 Rev Dr Mom March 20, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Hugs.

12 Batman March 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm

What’s a tax refund and how can I get one?

13 nancy March 21, 2008 at 5:36 am

We went through something like that, had the repairman here twice to check why dryer wasn’t drying clothes, and then my neighbour tried to clean the vent with a long skinny something or other gadget and all…along…the ONLY problem was the outside vent was covered in snow. We cleaned that area up, and all was good.

But you got brand new appliances!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!! We got ours in 2000, very basicm boring set, I asked Rob how he felt about getting newer/better/bigger ones, and he said to ask him in another 8 years. Sigh.

Poor little Lucas…and poor worried Mommy…hang in, you KNOW it will get better.

HUGS!!!

14 daysgoby March 21, 2008 at 9:59 am

Some days, wouldn’t it JUST BE EASIER to dump everything out of the drawers and just pour molasses on them and be DONE WITH IT?

Today I’m ordering you to take ten minutes fr yourself. No kids, no husband, no clothes, no baby. TEN MINUTES FOR YOU.

Big hugs, darlin’.

CAPTCHA: various handjobs. Eh?

15 Laura March 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I have the slightly older version of your washer and dryer. I absolutely love them. I don’t use the sensa dry option; it takes way too long and even then the middle of the pile is damp. 50 minutes on low will dry 16 bath towels or 14 pairs of pants. At least after you get the vent cleaned:)
We had the opposite problem on the weight issue. Now he is 9 months 24 lbs and about 30 inches. Wearing 2T clothing.
I feel for you though. We had the flu, pink eye, strep throat, pink eye, flu. All in a row. What a lovely winter we are having!

16 Holly March 22, 2008 at 6:50 pm

hope today was shorter ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Mac and Cheese March 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

…but the new dryer is nice and shiny, no?

18 Betsy Bird March 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm

I’d figure out who it is that puts the dryer duct in when a house is built (a plumber, maybe?) and ask them to look at it. In the meantime, we bought a kit at Wal-Mart with a bunch of tools in it for cleaning your dryer duct. One of them was an attachment you stick on the end of the your vacuum hose. If I didn’t spend so much time blogging, I’d be up there trying it out right now, because my dryer has gotten so slow a hair dryer would be more efficient.

19 The Dryer Guy March 24, 2008 at 2:06 am

Have you looked in your yellowpages for a dryer vent cleaning company, or an air duct cleaning company? There are company’s the clean dryer vents, go to Google and do a search for Dryer Vent Cleaning and check the results. http://dryerventcleaner.com

20 Kathryn March 24, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I’m sorry you are having such a hard time of it. We have all been sick around here too. My three year old was vomiting just in time for his birthday and then the baby just in time for Easter. Yeah! grrrr
Hope things start looking up for you!

21 nomotherearth March 24, 2008 at 11:19 pm

The laundry is killing me and I don’t havenearly all your factors. I feel ya, man

22 Duct Cleaning March 25, 2008 at 6:03 am

Your doctor was right. Unhooking the dryer for a few days shouldn’t hurt. Just remember, if it’s a gas dryer you are pumping carbon monoxide into your home. If it’s electric, you’re fine. I live in a cold, dry climate and I unhook our dryer all winter.

I’m surprised it takes so long for a dryer vent cleaning company to come out. We can usually provide next day service. Duct-911.com/blog/

23 Barbara March 25, 2008 at 6:40 am

It’s the winter for this sort of problem, I guess. I was “lucky” enough to invest only the cost of a dryer maintenance call to determine that the problem was the vent. Then, I started calling duct cleaning services looking for someone to clean the vent. Most will do it only if you have them clean all of your ducts and some won’t do dryer vents even then. I think Power Vac of Ottawa did the work. Of course the guy stood in my bathroom, leaned out the window and pulled down the bird’s nest. I wrote my saga up as advice to Reid but who knows if she’ll ever read it.

24 Marilyn April 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

WoW.
Sounds like you need some serious laundry zen.
Just remember, the new ones are pretty.

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