Did you know that clogged dryer vents cause thousands of fires every year? Lint is a highly combustible material. If it collects in your dryer vent and causes a blockage, you could have a dangerous situation on your hands. It’s not enough to clean out your lint screen–you should have your vent trap cleaned at least once every year. Fortunately, Absolute Chimney provides dryer vent cleaning in addition to chimney services.
Signs That Your Dryer Vent Needs to be CleanedThe dryer vent moves lint from the dryer and through a duct to the vent trap, which opens due to the exhaust from the dryer and pushes lint outside. Be aware of these signs that your dryer vent may be clogged:
- It’s taking longer to dry your clothes. Because the dryer is not able to push the moist air outside, it has to work harder and longer to get your clothes dry.
- The vent hood doesn’t open when the dryer is in operation. This means the air flow through the exhaust duct has been restricted.
- Your clothes and the dryer are very hot at the end of a cycle. This could mean the heating element and blower are overheating.
- You notice a burnt smell or your clothes are being damaged. This means that something is burning! Lint may have built up inside your dryer or in the exhaust duct and may have caught on fire.