Dryer Vent Cleaning
The Dangers of Dirty Dryer Vents
Fires are caused when lint builds up inside dryer vents and blocks the air flow. As the heat from the dryer becomes less able to escape, the ducts leading from the appliance overheat, eventually leading to combustion. Dangerous fumes are released when the plastic of the ducts burns, and if the fire spreads, it can do serious damage to the rest of the building.
Decreased air flow means less efficient drying and the need to run multiple cycles to remove the dampness from clothing or linens. This excess use of energy drives up electrical bills, a serious concern for both home and business owners given the high cost of energy. Plus, more cycles means more strain on the dryer which can cause it to wear out sooner and need to be replaced.
Clogged ducts can encourage condensation from the warm, moist air that circulates. Constant dampness creates a prime environment for mold growth, a potential health hazard that can cause anything from allergy symptoms to aggravated asthma. In gas-powered dryers, dirty vents can lead to carbon monoxide leaks. Both of these potential dangers pose serious threats to families and businesses.
When is it Time to Clean?
How do you know it’s time to clean your dryer vents? Vent ducts should be cleaned annually, so if you can’t remember the last time you had all the lint cleared out, bring in the pros to get it done. A vent hood flapper that doesn’t open or only opens partway will signal that the ducts need attention.
Even if it hasn’t been a year, there are other signs that the ducts are dirty. One is that your dryer isn’t doing as good a job as it used to, leaving clothes damp at the end of a regular cycle. When the dryer or the clothing seem too hot, that’s also a sign of dangerous lint buildup. Should you ever detect an actual burning smell, call someone right away before the situation becomes serious.
To get the full benefit of clean dryer vent ducts, contact Affiliated Appliance. Our residential and commercial services include cleaning and repair of appliances so your dryer continues to operate at peak performance without wasting energy or posing a threat to personal safety. Affiliated Appliance is a family-owned business serving the Denton Country, TX area with a team of licensed and insured technicians fully trained to get the job done right, leaving your dryer vents as good as new.