A decrepit dryer left in the corner of the house purely indicates neglect.
For many, dryer vent cleaning means getting rid of the lint only from the dryer, but there is more to it.
You need to remove the lint throughout the whole length of the vent.
According to the U.S Fire Administration most of the residential dryer fires occur in winters and fall months, especially in January.
About 34% of dryer fires occur due to failure of cleaning the dryer vent.
The frequency of cleaning depends on the size of the dryer and how often it is used. A family of two may require cleaning once a year while a larger family would have to clean it three times annually.
That said, there is no rule as to how often to clean dryer vent. You can clean it if you notice a clogged vent.
But what are some signs of clogged dryer vent?
Let’s take a quick look.
3 Warning Signs of Dryers that You MUST Not Ignore!
1. More than One Cycle
For drying the clothes, dryer emits hot air. It should not take more than one cycle to dry.
So one indication that your dryer vent needs cleaning is, the clothes need two to three cycles to dry.
2. Heated Control Panel
Another one is the dryer or it’s control panel turning hot.
If the dryer gets overheated above a particular limit, then the lint can catch fire.
3. Burning Smell
If you notice a burning smell from the dryer, then it is a sign that the dryer has heated to such an extent that the lint may catch fire.
Why Should You Clean the Dryer Vent?
A clogged dryer vent will not dry the clothes in the first attempt, but it may require multiple cycles to dry. This will increase your utility bill.
Clogged dryer vent will force out deadly carbon monoxide in your home. Consistent exposure to carbon monoxide increases the risk of heart diseases.
Lint is highly flammable and so cleaning the dryer vent is important.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Tools
You don’t actually need expensive dryer vent cleaning tools unless you haven’t cleaned it in years.
You can buy a flexible brush with a long wand from any home improvement stores.
An air compressor will blow the lint out and the vacuum cleaner will help to suck up the lint.
The dryer sucks up the air behind it, so it is important to keep that area clean too.
Only cleaning the dryer vent won’t be helpful unless you clean the back of the cabinet and the area under the dryer.
Otherwise, lint will build up in the dryer in no time.
Upper level vents are prone to obstructions caused due to birds and their nests, while ground level ones are favourable for rodents.
So always ensure you keep checking them to prevent it from getting clogged.
How Often Should You Clean the Air Ducts?
Dust mites, pollen and dander are a huge threat for people with asthma or allergies. These microscopic elements are present in the air ducts and aren’t visible to the naked eye.
You should clean your air ducts if you see dust emitting from the supply registers as the air exits the vents.
You should also consider cleaning them if you notice molds or insects entering/leaving the air ducts.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, you should get your air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
Some experts even recommend cleaning it in two to three years depending on your usage, your geographic location, or vulnerability to allergies.
If you recently had a construction in the house or made wooden furniture, the dust may have got built up in the ducts.
Also pet dander and fur collects in the ducts.
So the cleaning frequency depends on all the above factors.
Ideally, you need to clean the whole system thoroughly and not focus only on the air ducts and vents.
If cleaning the dryer and the dryer vent looks difficult, call a professional today. Contact Dri & Kleen Home Services at 305-742-1620 for dryer vent cleaning in Tamarac at just $70.