Does Your Home’s Dryer Vent Need Cleaning?
Early detection of lint buildup can prolong the life of your dryer and reduce the risk of a dangerous dryer fire. Since lint buildup varies based on the total length of your vent system including the number of turns, duct diameter, and other variables. Here are some of the common warning signs of lint buildup or blockage in your dryer duct.
Long Dry Times
Are your clothes are taking longer and longer to dry? One of the first signs that your dryer vent has excessive buildup or even a clog, is excessive drying times. A load of bath towels should take no longer than 30 to 40 minutes to dry. If you are finding that an additional dry cycle is needed to completely dry the clothes your dryer vent probably needs cleaning.
A blocked dryer vent traps the air keeping your clothes moist and hot. If your clothes still feel damp when you take them out of the dryer cycle is finished it is probably time to get your vent cleaned.
Hot and Humid
Another sign of a clogged dryer vent is when your laundry room smells musty or is excessively hot and humid. You might even notice moisture on the walls or water dripping from the dryer vent. Even the clothes can smell musty right out of the dryer. The dryer works extra hard to evaporate the water, but it can’t push the wet air past the clog, so the moisture condenses. Sometimes people think their washing machine is leaking, but it’s actually water from the dryer vent. If you notice water dripping under the dryer or condensing on the walls call us right away as you likely have a significant clog in your dryer vent system.
Have you ever noticed a burning aroma coming from your dryer when it’s running? When your dryer vent is clogged the lint that gets past your filter screen can build up around the dryers electric or gas heating element. As a registered appliance repair company, we have seen many dryers with burnt lint around.
Hot to the Touch
Is your dryer extremely hot on the top or sides when it’s on? Are your clothes hot to the touch at the end of the cycle, even on a low heat setting? Your dryer is designed to turn the water in your clothes into water vapor. That moist air is exhausted to the outside through the dryer’s venting system. If the ductwork or vent terminations become restricted or blocked the dryer has to work harder to push the heat and moisture out. With sufficient blockage, the water vapor and heat simply can’t exhaust properly. With nowhere to go the heat builds up causing your dryer to overheat which can damage the dryer, damage your clothes and ultimately ignite a fire.
Lint, Lint and More Lint
If you notice an excessive amount of lint in your lint filter, lint around the inside of the dryer drum, or start noticing lint accumulating on the outside of the lint trap or even around the dryer and laundry room the chances are your dryer vent needs cleaning. You can also check your roof or sidewall dryer vent termination. Is your roof cap visibly clogged? Does your sidewall vent flap open properly when the dryer is on and close completely when the dryer is off?
The need for dryer vent cleaning varies greatly depending on the length, diameter, and the number of turns in your vents system. Some homeowners experience energy savings more than the cost of professional cleaning, plus their clothes dry faster, last longer and their dryer lasts longer too. So, if you’re experiencing any of the above warning signs, or if you can’t remember the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned or inspected, then it’s time to get your dryer vent professionally inspected and cleaned! Call today to schedule a service to fix your existing problems and help prevent future issues from occurring. Let The Duct Cleaning Pros help keep your dryer running safe and energy-efficient!
Why Should Your Dryer Be Vented?
Most homes have private laundry facilities with a clothes dryer, but most homeowners and property managers seldom think about the potential risks and hazards of this convenient appliance.
There are many reasons to have your clothes dryer properly vented, but Gas dryers require ventilation!!! Failure to properly ventilate a gas dryer that is installed indoors can lead to carbon monoxide buildup which can be deadly!
Technically speaking an electric dryer doesn’t require outside ventilation, but the drying process generates a lot of heat and moisture and lint that you probably don’t want inside your home. Even the best dryer lint traps/screens only capture about 75% of the lint produced inside the dryer. Dryer lint is highly flammable and has the potential to ignite at any time. Each year thousands of fires start in clothes dryers causing millions in property damage, injuries, and even deaths!
Some dryer vents are very short going directly from the back of the dryer through an outside wall. These vents rarely need cleaning if the vent termination isn’t obstructed and the vent cover opens and closes correctly. However, the transition duct, connecting the dryer to the wall should be regularly cleaned or replaced.
Most homes today have inside laundry rooms and the dryer vent system has ducting that runs through walls, floors or ceilings and requires specialized tools for proper cleaning. While D.I.Y. Kits are available, the bamboo or plastic rods and their one-size-fits-all brush heads simply don’t work very well and can break or easily become disconnected inside the dryer duct.
Proper airflow is critical to efficient drying. Frequent cleaning of the dryer vent system improves the energy efficiency of the dryer and can improve the life of not only the clothes dryer but the clothes dried in it as well.
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