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3 Reasons to Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned:

    1. Clogged vents restrict the airflow to your dryer. Have you ever noticed that your clothes might take two or more cycles to dry? One reason for this might be that your dryer vent is clogged with lint and other debris. Removing the contaminants will allow the air to circulate and properly dry your clothes in one cycle, saving you money on your energy bills.

    2. Debris in dryer vents is a serious fire hazard. Each year in the U.S., clogged dryer vents are responsible for 24,000 fires†and $50 million in damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fires can occuur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers. To protect your family from the hazards of a fire, dryer vents should be cleaned to remove lint, dust and other debris that accumulates in the vent line.

    3. A clean dryer vent will allow the dryer to run more efficiently. Imagine placing a weekís worth of garbage under the hood of your car. Can you imagine how your car would run? The same is true of your dryer vent. Every time you run your dryer, lint and debris makes it way through your dryer and becomes lodged in your dryer vent. And just because you canít see it, doesnít mean itís not there. In fact, what you canít see is what should concern you. One of our clients said she purchased three dryers in five years because they would continually fail to run. Once she discovered that cleaning the dryer vent would unclog the airflow of her dryer, her system ran more efficiently.

To help prevent fires:
  • Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.

  • Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.

  • Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.

  • Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow.

  • Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. If possible, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of volatile chemicals on the clothes and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.

Information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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