Clothes dryers are fairly simple appliances. Hot air is used to dry the clothes while they tumble around the drum. Moisture from the wet clothes and warm air is vented to the exterior. In the drying process, lint is created when fabric fibers are removed from the clothes. Lint will build up in the lint filter trap at the dryer. But, lint also escapes the filter and lodges elsewhere in the dryer and dryer vent. This lint will build up slowly over time. Why is this important?
Each year, there are more than 15,000 house fires, up to 30 deaths and more than 310 injuries due to dryer and dryer vent lint build-up. As well as the danger, a clogged dryer vent forces your dryer to work longer to perform the job, which can wear out your dryer sooner and is energy inefficient. For these reasons, the dryer vent should be cleaned at least twice a year or if you notice any of the following signs of lint build-up:
The goal is to have a completely unobstructed vent from the dryer to the exterior. Here are the steps to clean your dryer vent:
The longer the vent, the more likely there will be frequent lint build-up because of insufficient air flow. Fires are more likely in longer vents. If you have a metal foil dryer vent from the dryer to the wall, it is a good idea to replace it as these vents can overheat.
Protect yourself, your family and your investment by cleaning your dryer vent. If you don’t feel comfortable with the task, call in professional help.
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