The exhaust duct elbow for floor exit has been damaged. I have removed the elbow, but now I find that I don't have enough room to install a generic replacement elbow. Does the straight duct running from front to back need to be taken off first to install the new elbow?. I'm thinking so, unless you have a trick up your sleeve.
Answer Hello Chris,
The way I always do it may sound cheesy, but it is the easiest way I have found. First, pull the dryer out and measure from the floor to the bottom of the duct that is coming out of the dryer cabinet. Using this measurement, use duct tape to secure the new elbow to the opening so it cannot move up, down, or side to side. If the duct is coming up out of the floor, you need to tape it to the floor so it cannot move. Now slide the dryer up to it. You can usually use a mirror and a flashlight to see where you are situated. If you start one side by angling the dryer a bit, you can slowly turn the dryer and it will normally slip right into the new elbow. This sounds harder than it is. Just be careful not to bend the edges of the duct so it will fit in more easily.