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5 REASONS YOU SHOULD GET YOUR DRYER VENT CLEANED
Cleaning out the lint trap of your dryer is second nature to most. We often do it after each load.
Because it helps your dryer work more efficiently and we know it’s a safety hazard if we don’t. The same holds true for your dryer vent. This is the tube that runs from your dryer to the outside of your house. It helps remove hot air and moisture. If this vent gets clogged it can lead to many complications. Here are the top 5 reasons why it’s important to keep your dryer vent clean and free from clogs and lint.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires each year and 80% of those are due to clogged dryer vents. Dryers run hot and lint is highly flammable, which makes for a dangerous combination. There is also the possibility of fumes (carbon monoxide) that should be released outside to back up into your home through clogged vents causing an air quality issue for you, your family and pets.
We all want our appliances to work as efficiently as possible. A clogged dryer vent could mean your clothes will need multiple cycles before drying correctly or will need to run longer. This is because restricted venting causes the dryer to overheat and shut of intermittently while drying. Multiple cycles and extended drying times mean additional energy waste which leads to an increase in your electrical and\or gas utility bill.
3. Maintain Lifetime of Dryer
If your dryer is running longer than normal or more than one cycle per load, your slowly decreasing the life of your dryer. It’s essentially working excessively! An overworked dryer will add a considerable amount of wear and tear to its working components. This could lead to early malfunctions and needless repairs.
The purpose of the dryer vent is to release moist hot air and CO outside. Moisture build-up will create wet spots inside the tube and sometimes will drip inside walls or ceilings. Built-up lint can get caught in these wet spots and create mold. This wet lint will stick to the inside of the vent tube making cleaning more difficult.
5. Less Maintenance
Like any other household appliance or machine, your dryer will last longer and work better if it’s properly cared for. Cleaning the vent regularly will help ensure that your clothes are being dried in a timely manner and you aren’t wasting unnecessary energy. Extended drying times can even cause strain on your fabrics. A dryer that continues to run with a clogged vent can cause internal problems that require repairs. This means more expenses for you. Your dryer vent should be cleaned once a year. If you’re unsure of how to clean your vent or want professional assistance, contact Quality Air Inc. today!