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Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

Every home has a dryer, whether it’s powered by electricity or gas.  And every family does laundry all the time.

Most people probably can say that they clean out the lint collector before each load of laundry…but when was the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned?

According to the NFPA, that’s the National Fire Protection Association, 27% of all dryer fires are started by a build-up of lint or dust.  

Even though you may clean the lint trap on your dryer, lint collects inside the dryer vent ductwork that exhausts to the outside.  And that my neighbor, is why you need to get it cleaned every year.  

In this article I’ll cover the Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned…every year!

#1: Dryer Lint is Flammable

You may be thinking, “Why should I worry about this?”  Let’s take a look at lint.  Lint is made of up the fibers and dust from the clothes or items that you dry.  And believe it or not, lint is extremely flammable.

house fire firefightersAll it takes is for a spark or a dryer that is overheating due to poor ventilation to ignite the lint on fire…then POOF!  

That build-up of lint inside the ductwork that runs from the dryer through the walls of your home starts on fire.

And now you have a serious problem.  A frantic call to the fire department to come and extinguish the fire. 

#2: A Dirty Dryer Vent Decreases Energy Efficiency

So now you understand how flammable lint is, let’s look at the second reason to get it cleaned.  

With soaring energy costs, everyone is looking at how they can lower their utility bills.  Lint build-up in the vent causes your dryer to not operate efficiently.  This means you may have to run a multiple cycles to get your clothes dried, costing you money!

The typical size of dryer vent ductwork is 4″ in diameter.  To operate most effectively, the dryer needs all that space to properly exhaust the warm moist air.  

When the lint starts to build up inside the ductwork, the exhaust has a smaller area to move outside.  Which in turn creates a build-up of moisture inside the machine, reducing the drying effects of the machine.

#3: Less Maintenance on your Dryer

Like any appliance or machine, annual preventative maintenance is key to ensuring the dryer lasts longer and works more efficiently.

A dryer that continually runs with a clogged vent can cause internal problems, such as overheating, and motor problems.  These issues will cost you even more money.

Your dryer needs to be cleaned at least once a year.  If you aren’t up to the task, or your vent is located on the roof, contact our professional dryer tech to schedule an appointment today.

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Ike Paxton

Onwer of Paxton Chimney Sweep & Repair

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