Dryer Vent Cleaning
Every year, firefighters across the country respond to around 14,630 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. An accumulation of lint causes one out of four fires, which means that not cleaning your dryer is more of a threat than a mechanical or electrical malfunction.
Ways to tell if dryer vent is clogged
- Excess dry times. If you need to run the dryer a second or third time for the clothes to be fully dry, then you should have your dryer vents inspected.
- Hot exterior. If the dryer is working overtime to dry your clothes, you may notice the outside of the dryer is very hot at the end of the drying cycle. This is a warning sign of a clogged vent.
- Burning smell. If you notice a burning smell, stop the cycle immediately. Lint, which is flammable, may have heated up causing a burning smell. Check around the base of the dryer, vent hose, dryer vent, and lint trap for obstructions and lint buildup. If you notice excessive lint, contact a dryer vent cleaning specialist for a dryer vent inspection.
- Lint or debris outside the vent opening. If you notice a collection of lint where the dryer vent exits your home, then this is a very clear indication of a dirty vent.