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#72750 - 12/07/06 11:09 PM dryer booster fans
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9024
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
Anyone have some experience with these things. My favorite builder is now doing the warranty on the last 120 houses she built and a popular call is "why does my dryer vent fan run all the time"?
The HVAC guy who actually installed them is baffled. The EC says he doesn't know much about them but there must be a switch somewhere.
Before they start "easter egging" around throwing parts at it I thought I would ask you guys.
Greg Fretwell

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#72751 - 12/08/06 02:34 AM Re: dryer booster fans
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Never seen such a thing.

One would expect it to be somehow controlled.
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#72752 - 12/08/06 03:09 AM Re: dryer booster fans
Kelley1 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/06
Posts: 3
Loc: Massachusetts
There should be a proving switch in line so when the dryer starts the booster fan will start. Sounds like a defective proving switch.


#72753 - 12/08/06 03:13 AM Re: dryer booster fans

Registered: 06/07/04
Posts: 32
Loc: Charlottesville, Va.
We just did some, they had a pressure switch built-in that turned them on and off with the dryer fan.

#72754 - 12/08/06 03:16 AM Re: dryer booster fans
Fred Offline

Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 461
Loc: Straughn, IN 47387
I installed several of the dryer vent booster fans a few years ago in a row of condos. They were always controlled by a lighted pilot switch on the wall next to the dryer in the laundry area.

#72755 - 12/08/06 06:07 AM Re: dryer booster fans
Zapped Offline

Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 481
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I've installed a couple of these things. I think locally, anything over a 8' run (or around there) requires a booster fan. I'm assuming this requirement is to reduce the possibility of a back-up resulting in a lint fire.

They work on a pressure/air-flow switch that senses when the dryer starts pumping out air from the dryer exhaust.

If their fan keeps running, it could be three things: A) the switches are going bad B) the device is installed improperly (backwards - the orientation of the switch & it's little feeder tube in relation to the fan/dryer is important) or C) The GC installed cheapo crap just to knock the job out, and the units are failing for any number of reasons.

#72756 - 12/08/06 06:47 AM Re: dryer booster fans
ITO Offline

Registered: 11/26/06
Posts: 341
Loc: Texas
I just ran into this on a 159 unit condo complex. There is a kit separate from the fan it is a pressure/air-flow switch (like the one zapped just mentioned) which controls the fan. It has a little vinyl tube that pokes into the exhaust duct and senses when the dryer is running a to turn the booster fan of and on.

This kit is generally furnished and installed by the Mechanical contractor and final 120V terminations are by the EC. Also note there should be an access panel and either a switch or plug for the booster fan for service.

[This message has been edited by ITO (edited 12-08-2006).]
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#72757 - 12/08/06 10:15 AM Re: dryer booster fans
J_Erickson Offline

Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 13
Loc: Milford, MA USA
Check to see if the fan actually has a draft sensor. Maybe someone ordered a fan without it and that is why they all run. Otherwise check the vent termination cap. We had some that had to run into a soffitt cap. The townhouses are in a paarticularly windy spot. We finally figured that the wind was actually inducing enough draft to start the motors.
John Erickson

#72758 - 12/08/06 08:51 PM Re: dryer booster fans
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9024
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
Thanks guys. My wife thanks you. She will be better prepared to referee this battle now. Let the finger pointing begin
Greg Fretwell

#72759 - 12/08/06 10:00 PM Re: dryer booster fans
Niko Offline

Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 358
Loc: Campbell, CA
try this site it will give you some info.

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