Cleaning your clothes dryer exhaust duct is an important service. This is a service that is often overlooked and can cause a fire hazard, health risk, higher electrical costs and even damage to your clothes dryer.
How to know when you need dryer vent cleaning:
Clothes (especially towels or jeans) take a long time to dry.
Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the drying cycle.
Flapper on vent hood doesn’t open when dryer is on.
Reduced airflow and the resulting lint build-up cause overheating by preventing a fast-enough drying action. When this happens, the high temperature limit safety switch has to cycle on and off to control the heater. Most high temperature limit switches were never designed to cycle on and off continuously which can cause them to fail over a period of time.
Proper airflow venting can decrease drying time and decrease operating costs. Full airflow helps prevent the dryer from operating on its high temperature safety limit control. Vinyl and foil duct venting materials can easily collapse when installed. The use of proper venting materials to achieve maximum performance may also extend the life of the dryer and increase the life of clothing due to lower drying temperatures.
Reduced Maintenance and Energy Costs:
A key to effective dryer performance is optimal airflow. A properly installed all-metal dryer vent will help ensure this airflow. When clothes are given the appropriate amount of air, they dry quicker and are subject to less tumbling.
This results in less wear on the clothing and less use of electricity or gas. Failure to properly maintain your dryer ducts can cause damage to your clothes dryer and, at the very least, a waste of your valuable time waiting for your clothes to dry.
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Lint clogged dryer vents also are a fire hazard. That’s because this lint is very flammable, and a lack of airflow in your lint-plugged dryer vent can cause the clothes dryer to overheat, then a fire in your home can result.