It’s easy to disregard the warnings to clean your dryer vent, especially when your dryer is working properly. But did you know that there are an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss every year caused by dryer fires? It’s true! Read the official report by the U.S. Fire Administration.
Do dirty dryer vents really cause fires?
In short, YES! An estimated 2,900 fires are caused by clogged dryer vents every year.
- Dirty Dryer Vents. The leading cause of dryer fires is dirty dryer vents. Lint, debris, and dirt get clogged in the dryer vent making the perfect conditions for ignition.
- Electrical Failure. An electrical fire is possible when there is a short in the wiring.
You can greatly reduce the risk of a dryer fire in your home by adding professional dryer vent cleaning to your Spring Maintenance Routine.
Warning signs of dryer lint buildup:
- Long dry times. If it takes more than one cycle to dryer your clothes, you may be suffering from a dirty dryer vent. Long dry times are a telltale sign that something is wrong with your venting system. If you’ve been experiencing long dry times, call your local appliance repair company asap to schedule a professional dryer vent inspection & cleaning.
- Lint buildup behind the unit. Take a peek behind the dryer. What do you see? If you said, “Lots of lint on the ground,” then you need your vents cleaned. An accumulation of lint around the exterior of the dryer is a sign that the dryer vent isn’t working properly.
- Link buildup in the trap. Take a look inside the lint trap housing. If you can pull large amounts of lint from down in the cavity, you may need your dryer inspected for lint buildup. This is a fire safety hazard you want to address immediately.
Besides the risk of a dryer fire, clogged vents can also cause higher energy bills and unnecessary wear and tear on your clothes dryer.
How to clean your dryer vents:
Dryer vent cleaning is a task you can do yourself or hire a Dryer Vent Cleaning Professional to do for you.
To clean your dryer vents yourself, you’ll need a dryer vent cleaning kit like the one sold on Amazon here.
- Get a dryer vent lint cleaning kit. Be sure to purchase a dryer vent cleaning system, not the lint vent trap cleaner. There’s a big difference!
- Unplug your dryer. To avoid electric shock, unplug your dryer before cleaning the vents.
- Pull your dryer forward & remove the dryer vent hose. You’ll need room to get behind the dryer so you can clean the vent hose, vent, and back of the dryer.
- Use the dryer vent cleaning kit brushes to remove lint from your dryer vent hose, dryer air duct, and back of the dryer. The kit will come with several rod attachments. The length of your dryer duct will determine how many rods needed.
- Once all lint is removed, reattach the dryer vent hose and push the dryer back into place. Pay close attention to ensure the vent hose is properly connected. A loose vent hose can cause lint buildup outside of your dryer, which is a fire hazard.
If you need professional help cleaning your dryer vents, contact the appliance repair professional at Just-in Time Appliance Repair.