Now that you know your dryer vent should be cleaned semi-annually, here are some things to look out for. You may need a dryer vent cleaning annually or as these issues arise.
- When it takes longer for your clothes to dry than it used to.
- If your dryer is running hot. (Check to see if the top surface is hot to the touch)
- If you cannot remember cleaning your dryer vent in the past.
- If you dry a lot of fuzzy blankets, or have multiple animals.
Paying attention to these things can reduce the risk of a fire and increase the efficiency of your dryer. These tips will help you keep your dryer working properly for more years.
If you’re wondering how often you should have your dryer vent cleaned; the answer is about every 2 years. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, 15,000 fires occur each year due to obstructed airflow because of lint buildup in consumer clothes dryers. Lint from textiles (clothes) is extremely flammable.
Not only is a clean dryer vent more safe, it’s also more efficient. A dryer vent clogged with lint reduces airflow so your dryer doesn’t dry as efficiently as it used to. An inefficient dryer wastes energy, wastes money and presents a fire danger to your home.
Check out our blog for more information about dryer vents.