Tips, Hints, & Tricks!
Be honest- When was the last time you thought about cleaning your dryer vents?
The reality is, most people simply forget about cleaning their dryer vents, while some do not even know where they are located! While you may never give your dryer vents a second thought, it is important to clean and maintain these vents on a regular basis. Lint and other debris can building in your dryer vents, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases and, in turn, create a fire hazard in your home. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.
SIGNS YOUR DRYER VENT NEEDS TO BE CLEANED
Most noticable sign that you may have a clog in your dryer vent is when your dryer stops drying your clothes in one cycle. If the heat and moisure can’t escape through the vent, the dryer keeps working, in attempt to dry them. As your dryer works harder and heat continues to build up in the drum, this can lead to a dryer vent fire. Other signs include:
- Drying time is in excess of 35-40 minutes
- Musty odor in clothing following the drying cycle
- Clothes are unusually hot to the touch upon removing from the drum.
- Dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed.
- Debris is noticed within the ourside of the dryer vent opening.
- Excessive heat is noticed in the room while dryer during operation.
- Large amounts of lint accumulate in lint trap during operation.
- Visable sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter.
- Excessive odor from dryer sheets used during operation.
CLEANING YOUR VENTS
There are several DIY articles online that show you how to clean out your vents. Before you do anything make sure the dryer is unplugged! If you are not comfortable in doing so, it is always best to leave it to the professionals and contact a local appliance specialist.
If it’s been a while since you’ve last cleaned your dryer vents, please take a moment and clean them our today!