How To Clean Dryer Vents
Follow These Simple Steps
by Paul Clark, Service Manager
A few simple steps:
- First, test the dryer to make sure it is working properly before you do anything else.
- Then, unplug the power. If it is a gas dryer, you need to turn off the gas.
- Pull the dryer out away from the wall.
- Use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp on the back of the dryer and pull of the flex dryer vent duct.
- Next, reach in the back of the dryer and pull out any lint or debris.
- Then, reach into the duct going into the wall and pull out any lint or debris.
- Attach your Vent Vac to the dryer duct and suck out lint and debris
- Then you should use your Vent Vac in combination with your Cobra or Drill Powered Cable and brush that helps remove any type of blockage in the duct.
- Also you should check both ends on the dryer duct to make sure there is no blockage left in the dryer duct line.
- Clean up any mess that you may have made during the cleaning.
- Then re-attach the flex dryer vent & re-tighten the clamp with your screwdriver.
- Plug in the power to the dryer; if it is a gas dryer turn the gas back on.
- Push the dryer back where you found it and double check to make sure all work you performed was done properly and your work area is clean.
- Finally, test the dryer to make sure it is working properly.
It is recommended that homeowners should have their dryer vents cleaned every year. It is the number one cause of home fires. The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that there are an estimated 15,500 fires annually, including 10 deaths and 310 injuries associated with clothes dryers.
This also produces over $84,000,000 in property damage every year. Cleaning the dryer vent will also help with the dryer’s performance and could save the customer money on their energy bills.