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How to Tell When Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. It's time to clean out your dryer vent.

Prevent a Dryer Fire

If you own a home in Carrolltown, PA, fire safety is probably something you think about often. You've probably installed smoke detectors and have an extinguisher handy in case of a mishap. But have you taken a look at the vent on your dryer recently? Every year, thousands of homes are damaged due to the occurrence of a lint fire. Luckily, it's easy to tell when it's time to clean out your dryer vent. So, what should you look for in order to prevent a dryer fire?

1. There's a Burning Odor

A good indication that the vent needs cleaning is a burning smell. If lint is clogging up the drum casing, exhaust tube or trap, you could easily have a lint fire. When there's a burning odor coming from the dryer, turn it off and call a professional to service it.

2. Clothes and Dryer Are Both Very Hot

If the dryer is extremely warm when you touch the outside and your clothes feel really hot when you remove them, it's probably a blocked vent. When the vent is blocked, the hot air can't escape from the dryer.

3. Clothes Are Taking Forever to Dry

With a blocked vent, clothes might take up to three times as long as normal to get dry. When you put your clothes in for a regular cycle, you might find that they're still damp when you take them out. When the vent is blocked, it can't allow moisture to be released from the dryer.

4. Your Dryer Hasn't Been Inspected for a While

A vent cleaning professional should take a look at your dryer at least once a year. While you can certainly clean out the vent by yourself, hiring a professional will ensure that the job is done right, since they will have the right equipment to do a thorough cleaning and make sure the dryer in a safe condition for use.

The last thing you want is a lint fire in your home. By looking out for the obvious signs, you can be sure to prevent it from happening.

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