Dryer Duct Cleaning

A Primer on Dryer Vent Cleaning 101

Vent Cleaning for Proper Use of Your Dryer

Lint that gets past the lint screen in your customer’s dryer will eventually end up in their dryer vent. If the lint is not removed, it can build up over time and get stuck which will create a very serious issue. Many house fires get started from the buildup of lint that gets stuck inside dryer duct hosing. This is why Air-Care offers the biggest selection when it comes to dryer duct cleaning tools so that we can help you & your customers avoid the dangers that are caused by dirty dryer vents.

Clogged Vents Explained

When vents become clogged, the dryer is not able to dry the clothes efficiently. As a result, people often tend to put clothes on a longer drying cycle. This process consumes and wastes more energy and increases homeowner’s energy bill. This is why the lint that collects in the dryer vent is something that should never be ignored because it can affect both the environment and how much money is spent on energy consumption each month.

Checking Dryer Hoses and Exhaust Vents

Routinely keeping the lint screen clean is a good first step, but contractors should also go one step further by ensuring that customers dryer hose exhaust vents are cleaned on an annual basis. By doing so, they will prevent having any problems that are associated with clogged dryer vents since you are performing preventative maintenance.

In addition to preventing any fire hazards, the maintenance of a customers dryer will be required in order to keep it working in good condition. Our company has been in the manufacturing of industry leading dryer vent cleaning equipment so we know exactly what HVAC, carpet cleaners, and general contractors need when it comes to performing routine service on dryer exhaust vents.

Hiring a Professional

When you call a professional vent cleaning service, you do not have to worry about getting on the floor and cleaning attachments and hoses. It also prevents accidents from being electrocuted since you must unplug the dryer from the wall before cleaning the vent. Professional will have the right dryer vent cleaning equipment to get the vent and the duct system properly cleaned.

A Range of Vent Cleaning Products

We offer a range of dryer duct cleaning equipment to include:

  • Dryer duct cleaning kit
  • Dryer vent cleaning packages
  • 4-inch dryer duct brush
  • (machine end) Dryer duct repair kit
  • (brush end) Dryer duct cable repair end
  • (drill end ) Dryer duct cable repair end
  • Nest claw
  • Forward and reverse air whisk
  • Drill holder with foot pedal

Let Us Help

We want to help you develop a successful and profitable duct cleaning business and provide you with quality dryer vent cleaning equipment and supplies. In addition to duct cleaning, we can also provide you with plenty of knowledge about the indoor air quality industry.

Dryer Duct Cleaning, by: Wayne Tracy

The Consumer Products Safety Commission states that “Clothes dryers are associated with over 15,600 fires annually, resulting in 20 deaths and 370 injures”. These fires caused over One Hundred Million Dollars in damage.

Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint is highly combustible and can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire. Most dryer duct lines run between the walls and floors of a home and this fire can quickly spread through the rest of the home. Even though dryers have built in high temperature limit switches they often fail and cannot be relied on to provide total protection.

Although clothes dryers have a lint trap a significant amount of lint bypasses the trap and finds its way into the dryer and the dryer vent duct. In as little as a year this lint can accumulate to levels that can significantly block the flow of air through the dryer and dryer duct. When you add the warm moist air being discharged into the dryer duct this further helps the lint to start plugging the dryer duct.

Plugged or partially plugged dryer vents can also result in increased operating costs with longer drying times. This will also cause premature failure of components or the dryer. Overheating can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on clothing, thus shorting their life.

In a recent independent study it was found that a load of 7 large bath towels in a dryer with 62.5% vent restriction took 60% more time to dry the same size load and used 77% more energy than the load without the restricted vent.

The following are steps the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends Homeowners should take to prevent dryer vent fires.

Clean the Lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp when removed after a normal dryer cycle or requires a much longer than normal dryer cycle, this may be a sign the dryer vent needs cleaning.
Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct (hose connected to the dryer) periodically. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission gives no recommendation as to cleaning frequency, most manufacturers recommend annual cleaning for the dryer to work at maximum efficiency.
Check and clean the outside dryer vent exhaust for obstructions and make sure the flapper opens and closes properly. If the flapper is not fully closing, birds and other rodents can nest in the dryer vent line.
Clean behind and around the dryer where lint can build up. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of lint and clutter.
Replace old style flexible plastic/vinyl hose with corrugated or foil hose. The plastic/vinyl hose is no longer allowed in most states and is not fireproof and can actually cause a fire to start and spread quicker.
The interior of the dryer chassis should be cleaned by a qualified service person periodically. Lint and debris will build up inside the dryer as well as in the dryer duct.

If you do not offer dryer vent cleaning to your existing customers you should give serious consideration to adding it. It goes hand in hand with your current duct cleaning business. Most companies find it to be a very easy upsell to their duct cleaning service call. The average charge for cleaning a dryer duct is $75.00 to $125.00 when done at the same time duct cleaning services are provided. And, $150.00 to $250.00 when provided as a stand alone service.

While air duct cleaning is not required every year, dryer duct cleaning services are needed on a much more frequent basis. This keeps you in touch with your existing customer base more often and you’ll more likely be remembered when it’s time for them to have their air duct cleaned.

We offer a full line of equipment, accessories and training for your dryer duct cleaning service. Please see our website or contact our sales staff for a full review of how we can help you get this service up and running. Or, assist in improving your existing business by adding new more productive equipment and sales aids.