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Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vend Clean and DirtyWhen is the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? Similar to your air duct system, federal guidelines recommend having your dryer vent cleaned at least once every year. Lint can build up in the dryer vent and duct and cause airflow from your dryer to become dangerously low - which can cause overheating and lead to a fire.

Lint build-up in your dryer vents can cause reduced airflow, which in turn causes overheating. When this happens the high temperature limit safety switch cycles on and off. Most switches weren't designed to cycle on and off continuously which can cause them to fail.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission shows that there are an estimated 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, and 310 injuries associated with clothes dryers each year. Be sure to ask your air duct cleaner to also inspect your dryer vent and duct system to see if it also needs to be cleaned.

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Who Needs This Service?

Almost everyone with a dryer needs this service! Especially those homes with dryers located on inside walls, or those located on second floor laundry rooms. These centralized locations cause dryers to be vented greater distances, sometimes 50 feet or more. This increases the risk for lint buildup and other obstructions which can seriosuly affect the dryer's performance.

Some things to look for that might indicate that your dryer is not working properly:
  • It takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes
  • The dryer vent hood flapper doesn't open
  • The clothes that come out of the dryer are hotter than normal

What Is the Method?

Your air duct cleaner will use a comprehensive lint and debris-removing system that enables the removal of almost any type of blockage, including bird's nests, from your dryer's duct and vent system.

Also, your technician should inspect your system for any damaged or disconnected events. They can also tell you if your venting system is up to your dryer manufacturer's recommended specs.

With lower utility bills, and the longer life for your dryer and clothing, a dryer vent cleaning will pay for itself. Not to mention the peace of mind you will have in knowing that you have averteed a potentially dangerous fire hazard in your home.