Dryer ventilation without a tube


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Old 02-28-16, 02:38 PM
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Dryer ventilation without a tube

I just moved into a new place, and there is an 8'x10' room where I'm planning on putting the washer & dryer. It's hard to tell what was in there before, there are hot & cold faucets coming out of the wall, and a tube that looks like it's probably where the water would drain out into.
My concern is for the dryer, there is nowhere to put the vent. There is no door or window leading outside, not even a wall that leads to outside, however there are two large vents in the ceiling, kind of like the big exhaust vent you'd see over your stove. (They're pretty big, each at least 8"-10" in diameter) when i turn the wall switch on, they don't seem to be blowing in, so i am assuming they're sucking air out. When i follow the vents up, it looks like they blow out onto the roof.
Ideally I'd like to put a gas dryer in there, but have no way to hook up a vent. My question is, when i run the dryer, could i just turn on these exhaust fans (maybe aim the dryer vent up), close the door (it seals shut) & come back when the dryer has completed the cycle?
If not with the gas dryer, then could i do that with an electric dryer?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 02-28-16, 02:56 PM
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Is this your own home or are you renting?
Is there even a 240 volt, dryer plug already?
And no you can not just vent into the room unless you want a room full of dryer lint and peeling paint.
Since a dryer uses a 4" vent it's highly unlikely those vents your seeing where meant to vent the dryer.
Have you been in the attic to follow that line to see if it goes out the roof or is connected to the HVAC system?
We can not see what your seeing so some picture's may help.
 
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Old 02-28-16, 03:09 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

There were water filled containers that used to be used for electric dryers.
A gas dryer must be direct vented to outside.... whether it's up and out or straight out.

Is the room where the washer and dryer are.... in the center of the house. That would be a typically poor planning location.
 
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Old 02-28-16, 04:09 PM
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While you are taking photos, let us know where you are located as well.
 
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Old 02-28-16, 11:01 PM
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About the place

I am renting, so I am limited to what kinds of modifications i can make.
It is not a house, it is an office bldg/warehouse, and in of the offices is a room, with a special door, no carpet, just cement floor, two large vents in the ceiling that definitely lead outside, and when i turn them on, they are very loud/big. I have no idea what this special room was previously used for. I sell/mfr clothing, so the idea of having a washer & dryer in there would be awesome.
There are hot & cold water hookups, and what looks like it might be a gas line. There is a silver box on the wall below it, which may have a 240 in it? Not sure. I am not there now, or I would take better pics. I do have a few, attaching them. One shows what might be the gas line, and the silver box. The other shows the water lines & pipes, and the third is just the ceiling where the vents are located, but u can't really see whats up there, you can just see the screen ceiling tiles. When I look straight up there, i see two large tubes, and about 2 feet up, you can see large fans in each one. The fans are not flush with the ceiling, they are a few feet recessed in.
I would love love to get a washer & dryer in there!
The room is pretty much in the center of the building, with a restroom on one side, an office on the other, and a warehouse on the back side.
And it's in Los Angeles.
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Old 02-29-16, 03:04 AM
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It does appear that you have a gas line (the one with the yellow valve), and water supply. The drain will need to be modified to accept piping to form a washer stand pipe, which must be above the back of the washer to prevent overflow, and to form a ptrap to keep gasses from entering the room.

NOW, as far as the venting, you can't use the general air venting for your dryer. I honestly don't know how you will evacuate the dryer air without making substantial modifications. If the box next to the gas line is a 240 volt access point, you could have an electric dryer and use one of the water type vents as mentioned earlier. Not with gas, however.
 
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Old 02-29-16, 09:16 AM
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Okay, the electric option seems doable, how do i fond info on the water vents? I've never heard of that. .. is it an add on option when u buy one?
 
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Old 02-29-16, 09:49 AM
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If you are going to buy an electric dryer then consider getting one with a vent condenser.
 
 

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