Dryer Vent Cleaning Protecting Your Dollars Your Home
Sep 23, 2016
Dryer Vent Cleaning: Protecting Your Dollars & Your Home
Every year approximately 15,000 homes are destroyed due to fires caused
by dryer vent blocks and insurance companies are taking notice and many
now require proof their clients call in a dryer vent cleaning service
every 2-3 years.
Everyone is looking for a way to save money these days, and one simple
solution is to make certain all household appliances are running with
optimum efficiency. Dryer vent cleaning is one of the most important
tasks to stay on top of in order to prolong the life of the unit, keep
the home safe from a potential fire hazard and save money over the life
of the dryer.
If a clothes dryer has a bent, damaged, broken or clogged vent moisture
can accumulate inside the hose and cause the thermostat to fail. In
newer model units, moisture can cause the thermal fuse to shut down the
machine completely. Repairs to a dryer can be vastly more expensive than the cost of a dryer vent cleaning service coming out, as a preventative measure, and servicing the unit.
If the dryer is running hot to the touch, the clothes are coming out hot to the touch, smelling burnt or moldy, humidity is evident in the
laundry area or lint is present on the clothes, there is a problem with
the venting system. If there is a lot of dust accumulating in the
laundry room or the drying cycle is taking longer than usual, a dryer
vent cleaning service should be called in immediately, before the
thermostat or thermal fuse dies. The moisture from the wet clothes can
drip inside the hose, pool and cause a leak, forcing the unit to work
harder and over heat, possibly causing damage to the clothes and the
A dryer vent cleaning service can be located in the newspaper, telephone book or online. Most appliance stores can offer a referral to one, as
well. The company should be BBB accredited, licensed, bonded and
insured. The services provided by the company should include: the
technician inspect, clean, repair and/or install any necessary parts,
and reroute any hose or elbow for optimal venting. A shorter hose
requires less air pressure to properly vent, while a hose with several
elbows or turns can use more energy. The technician should check that no birds have created nests in the vent leading to the outside of the
house. An air flow check should be run prior to cleaning, then again
afterward, and an improvement in air flow should register and be noted.
The dryer should be disconnected and pulled away from the wall then a
large blower is installed on the vent before the unit is blown, brushed
and vacuumed until the system is clean.
More than efficiency, cleaning the vent will provide a safer environment for the household, afford better air quality inside the home and save
money on utility bills and costly repairs. A louvered, slatted or Bird
Guard vent cover should be installed on the outside vent to deter birds
or wasps from building a nest.
A dryer vent cleaning service is a necessary investment that protects
the life of the dryer, keeps the family safe, the pocketbook protected
from costly repairs and the home is a cleaner and more efficient
environment for all.