dryer vent cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning


Is your dryer taking twice as long to dry your clothes? Are they so hot when they are done that you can’t fold them? Does your dryer heat up the whole laundry room? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you may have a clogged dryer vent or a lint-clogged dryer. Clogged dryer vents can lead to house fires, higher utility bills and wasted time on laundry day. It might be time for a little preventative dryer vent cleaning.

All dryer vents have lint. Lint from the clothes, sheets and towels is sucked by the fan motor and what is not caught by the lint screen settles elsewhere in the dryer and inside the vent hose. As time goes by, the build up gets thicker and this affects your dryer’s performance, taking longer to dry and wasting your time and money.

Many people think their dryer is just old and that’s why each load takes a long time. However the truth is need to think about dryer vent cleaning or replacement. And while you are at it, clean inside the dryer too. Always un-plug the dryer before you work on it! Or if you prefer, turn off the TWO* breakers that run the dryer.

In general, a half an inch of lint build up in a four feet dryer duct can slow down and reduce the efficiency of your dryer by up to half. This will cause your dryer to overwork itself more than the usual, making it run hotter and operate harder. Your dryer will then consume more electricity as it needs more energy to function properly.

Some important things to remember about dryer safety:

  • Don’t block the exterior vents with screens, while this may keep critters and birds out it will trap lint in!  Lint build-up can cause your dryer to operate at higher temperatures than normal which will damage the internal parts.
  • Dryer fires start inside the dryer, where lint blockages can cause the heating element to reach temperatures as high as 90C degrees.
  • The dryer should only be run when someone is in the house and awake.

Dryer vent cleaning will save you money and help you to keep your home safe.

*One breaker runs the heat for the dryer while the other breaker runs the tumbling feature, therefore if you have no heat but it spins – check that one breaker might be off. Or vice versa – a dryer with no heat but not turning might be fixed easily (and cheaply) by turning on the breaker. Just bear in mind that the breaker “popped” for a reason and consider dryer vent cleaning as a means of reducing the stress the dryer is under.

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