Did you know cleaning dryer vents can prevent fires? To be sure, getting your dryer vent cleaned by our technicians at Complete Detail will help you to have peace of mind. In addition, a dryer vent cleaning can prevent animals from nesting and save money and energy.
Did You Know…
- Each year, dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires around the country, and 80 percent of those fires start with clogged dryer vents.
- Running your dryer with a dirty lint screen can use up to 30 percent more energy.
- When lint builds up in your dryer vent, the duct hood flap doesn’t open and close properly. If this flap isn’t closing correctly, it could be an invitation for birds and small rodents to make your vent their new home.
- If your dryer is taking twice as long to dry clothes, it’s being used twice as much, essentially cutting its life span in half.
How is a Dryer Vent Cleaning Done?
Often, most professionals take the same approach when it comes to cleaning a dryer vent. First, the technician will use tools to clean out both ends of the dryer vent, including the exit that may be located on your roof. Finally, any debris and lint inside your dryer will also be cleared away. All in all, it is a simple process. Complete Detail technicians are experts and will complete the service in a timely manner.
Is My Dryer Vent Clogged?
Once you understand how important a dryer vent cleaning can be to your home and family, you may be concerned if it is clogged. Below are some of the main warning signs to keep an eye out for. Why not do a thorough inspection of your dryer and make sure your family is safe?
Extra Dry Time
If you start to notice clothes not being able to dry on your regular drying cycle, this is one of the first signs of a clogged vent. Since air is being trapped by your clogged vent, clothes will not be able to dry. A clogged vent will only keep clothes hot and moist. If you frequently remove clothes like this, it’s time to call about getting a dryer vent cleaning!
You Smell Something Burning
If you have a load going and notice a burnt smell, be aware! This smell coming from your dryer happens when it is clogged. When a dryer vent is clogged, your dryer needs to work harder to dry clothing. In turn, this could lead to notice a burning smell.
Another tell your vent is clogged, is your dryer feeling extremely hot on the outside while it is running. Remember, when a vent is clogged, your dryer will have to work extra hard to dry clothing. Additionally, a dryer is designed to exhaust heat and moisture while it is drying. Both issues, working extra hard and trapped moisture and heat, can cause a dryer to feel hot to the touch. These signs point to the fact you need to get your dryer vent cleaned.
Most recommend cleaning your filter tray before a new cycle starts. However, when cleaning the tray pay attention to how much lint you are gathering. When you notice an excessive amount building up each time, it is a possibility your vent has become clogged. Some have even noticed a large amount of lint collecting on the outside of the lint filter and around the dryer or laundry room.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it is time to call Complete Detail and get a dryer vent cleaning scheduled. Your safety is important to us!
How Can I Keep My Dryer Vent Clean in Between Services?
After having your dryer vents professionally cleaned try to keep the buildup to a minimum between yearly cleanings. Here are a few tips on how to do that:
Always clean the lint filter between loads of laundry. Occasionally, you may want to use a small vacuum to carefully clean out the inside of the dryer, as well as the lint trap. This extra step can go a long way!
Heavy bedding can be tough on your dryer, so consider air-drying comforters and heavy blankets, or at least spacing out such heavy loads in your dryer.
You should also avoid running your dryer for several cycles in a row. Give your dryer a break in between cycles and allow it to cool down and completely ventilate the hot, humid air from the previous cycle.
Be sure to call in a professional once a year to keep your vents clean and functioning properly.
Dryer Vent Dos and Don’ts
DO ask a professional for help and don’t try to clean a dryer vent yourself!
Some homeowners may have a do-it-yourself approach to dryer vent cleaning and will purchase a kit. However, there are several issues with this approach and often it leaves you with a false sense of security that your good work has eliminated the risk for a fire. Experts tell us that often, these devices fail to remove all the lint in the lint duct. In the end, it can cause a bigger problem. For example, the homeowner may unintentionally compact the lint, and create a blockage.
DON’T use duct tape to connect venting materials
This is a simple, yet big preventative measure anyone can take. The adhesive on the duct tape dries out over time, especially due to temperature changes, creating gaps in the joints of the vent. This will make your venting materials weak.
DON’T ignore signs indicating that your clothes dryer is not operating properly
Watch for warning signs that indicate you have a clogged or obstructed dryer vent and a potential fire risk in your home. Be sure to give your dryer a regular inspection. This will ensure it is in good working condition. If you notice warning signs, give Complete Detail a call today to have your dryer vent cleaning done! Our experienced technicians will be happy to assist you in any way they are able.
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Dryer Vent Maintenance Tips
First, it’s important to always clean the lint filter in your dryer. In addition, try air drying heavy bedding due to its being tough on your appliance. Also, avoid running the dryer several times in a row. Finally, be sure to call a professional at least once a year to clean your vents.
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How Much Does a Dryer Vent Cleaning Cost?
Professional dryer vent cleaning can cost anywhere from $90 to $450. However, the price will vary depending on any additional services you may ask for. For example, many people ask to have air duct cleaning done in addition to dryer vent cleaning. When they do this, the cleaning company usually gives a reduced price. Call Complete Detail to get a free estimate over the phone at (937) 507-2927. We look forward to hearing from you!
Give Complete Detail a call today to have your cleaning done! Our experienced technicians will be happy to assist you anyway they can. Call us today at (937) 507-2927 or visit our Contact Us web page to make and appointment. Feel free to check out our customer reviews!