Why Should You Clean Your Dryer Vent?
Aside from the obvious reason of saving your life by cleaning the dryer vent, there are several other benefits to dryer vent cleaning. Your health, your dryer's efficiency and life span for example.
The dryer vent has many important roles. The most important role it has is transferring heat from your dryer out of the home. The dryer vent acts like a chimney, and helps take the hot air from the dryer out of your home. Without the dryer vent, your dryer will probably spread heat, lint and debris all over the room it is located in.
Because a dryer vent is meant to remove heat, if it gets clogged it causes several problems which affect your dryer, and its efficiency. Here are the main signs and effects of a clogged dryer vents:
- Your dryer isn't working as well as it used to - If your dryer is taking too long to dry your clothes, it should raise a suspicion. It happens to the best dryers. Over time, they will be less efficient. However, it doesn't happen as quickly as a clog in the dryer vent. Many people have called the dryer technician, only to find out the dryer's inability to remove air and humidity through the dryer vent was the main cause for efficiency loss.
- You notice a burnt smell around your dryer - that's a pretty bad sign, but still - if you feel it's the dryer - turn it off immediately. Dryer vents are a fire hazard if not cleaned properly, since the lint and debris inside are very flammable. Moreover, adding heat to a flammable substance is never a good idea. A burnt smell is an obvious sign you should have your dryer vent cleaned and your dryer checked - you don't want a fire started because of something simple like that.
- Your dryer is super hot to the touch - it means the dryer isn't aired out well. Same thing if you find your clothes are extra hot when the dryer is done. The dryer needs to exchange air properly to maintain a good heat and get rid of humidity from drying clothes. Without proper air circulation the dryer will over heat, causing it to break, shorten its life span, or in the worst case - start a fire.
If it has been more than a year you should consider looking inside your dryer vents. Check both sides if possible - both the dryer side and the exit hood flap outside. If they look a little dirty and full of lint, it could be time for a thorough dryer vent cleaning.
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