Clothes dryers save time when you can’t hang laundry to air dry. However, most people don’t realize that a dryer vent needs regular cleaning. The vent connected to your clothes dryer removes exhaust and lint. If you notice that your clothes dryer hasn’t been functioning properly, it may not be attributable to “old age.” Perhaps it is sending a sign it needs cleaning:
- Burning smell. Lint is a flammable material — its buildup in the exhaust tube and lint trap can burst into flames. If something smells amiss, immediately discontinue use of your dryer. Call a professional dryer duct cleaner for help and to prevent fire hazards.
- Drying time takes longer. A clogged dryer vent can increase drying time for clothes. If you have to repeat the drying cycle two or three times, the solution may be simple. Before replacing your dryer, ask a professional to check the vent. It could save time and money. Using a compromised dryer will eventually diminish its lifespan.
- Extreme heat. If you notice (when using your dryer) it is hot to the touch, the vent may not be properly releasing exhaust. This wastes energy, increasing hydro costs, and causes your dryer to wear out prematurely. Have it inspected immediately.
Inspect and clean dryer vents once a year. By doing this, you can prevent dangerous fires in your home or property. Always clean the lint trap and take action if you notice warning signs. For your yearly inspection (and other vent problems), contact Dr. Duct at (613) 845-0707.