5 INDICATIONS THAT YOUR DRYER VENTS NEED TO BE CLEANED
The hot, humid air from drying your clothing travels via your dryer vent hose from outside your Baltimore, Maryland, home. Lint accumulates in the hose and lint trap over time. The humidity in your home will rise every time you dry clothing if you don’t clean your dryer vents on a regular basis, and your machine will be less efficient. A clogged dryer vent pipe reduces the quality of your indoor air and can possibly spark a fire. You should get your dryer vent cleaned if drying takes longer, your clothing gets hot, there’s a burning smell, or you haven’t had it done recently.
CLOTHES TAKE LONGER TO DRY
A load of clothing should take no more than 35 to 40 minutes to dry, but a dryer with a clogged vent may take twice as long. Dryer vents force hot, moist air out of dryers, allowing them to draw in more dry air and continue drying clothes effectively. If the dryer vent becomes clogged, moist air from the drying process has nowhere to go, wasting energy, increasing your utility bills, and wearing out the heating element and blower in your dryer faster.
A BURNING ODOR
Lint is most likely to cause a burning smell when you run your dryer. Dryer lint is extremely flammable, and the burning odor is caused by small pieces of lint in your trap or dryer hose becoming extremely hot. Lint can even catch fire if it gets too hot. If something near your dryer smells like it’s burning, turn it off until it’s inspected by a professional.
If your clothes aren’t dry at the end of a normal drying cycle, you should have your dryer vent hose checked for lint. Mold or mildew growing on damp clothing may also cause a musty odor.
AN EXTREMELY HOT DRYER
If your dryer vent is clogged and can’t get rid of hot air, your appliance will feel very hot at the end of a normal cycle. Your laundry room and clothing may also feel unusually hot.
LINT FROM THE OUTSIDE VENT OPENING
The outside vent opening is where the air from your dryer escapes from your home. The majority of outside vent openings are 6 inches wide. If you see lint or debris around the opening or coming from it, your dryer vent system should be cleaned. Also, if the duct hood flap on the outside vent opening does not open when the dryer is turned on, lint has blocked or restricted the system’s airflow, and you should have it cleaned.
YOU HAVE NOT HAD YOUR DRYER VENT CLEANED IN OVER A YEAR.
Clean and examine your dryer vent hoses or ducts once a year to conserve energy, make your dryer operate quicker, and avoid a hazardous fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. If the exterior vent aperture is easily accessible, a specific kit can be used to clean it. Using a professional, on the other hand, isn’t that much more expensive, and an experienced technician has the proper tools for nearly any sort of dryer. Many experts employ a specialized brush with a vacuum extension. Furthermore, certain types of home kits cannot clean dryer vents completely, and you may inadvertently harm your vent.
If you have a big family or if your dryer is in the center of your home with a lengthy duct or hose to the outside, you may need to have your dryer vent system cleaned more than once a year. If you’ve tried cleaning your dryer vent system and are still experiencing issues, your vent may need to be fixed or replaced. Use a clothesline to dry big things like comforters to reduce the need for dryer vent repair.
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