I am working on fixing my dryer, and I have determined that the thermal cutoff switch is bad. It’s bad because it did its job by turning off the power to the heating element when the dryer got too hot. Of course, now the question is why the dryer got too hot in the first place.

This is the pipe that comes out of the wall where the dryer vent hose attaches. Behind the wall it takes a 90-degree turn and exits out through the attic. I don’t think the pipe is clogged, but I’m going to go up into the attic and put my cleaning brush down to make sure. I’m also going to make sure the lint vent in the dryer itself isn’t clogged.

In order to get the dryer close enough to the wall so that it doesn’t block the door to the garage, the flexible metal hose gets badly crimped where it attached to this wall pipe. It’s been like that since they installed the dryer three or so years ago (I think), and my plan now is to put a 90-degree elbow pointing straight up from the wall so the hose makes an upside down U rather than get coiled up behind the dryer. Right now, the pipe sticks about about 2.25 inches from the wall.

Question: Can I hacksaw an inch or so off the end of this pipe to gain myself more space to push the dryer back? As long as everything attaches and is accessible, is there a specific length this pipe needs to be?

Appropriate Far Side for your time.