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All You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

Frequently Asked Questions on Dryer Vent Cleaning

People do their laundry on a day to day basis, not thinking about anything other than getting it done as it is a never-ending chore. Washing and drying clothing, towels and bed sheets using modern appliances is just an everyday task. Though it might be on the bottom of the to-do list, maintaining a dryer is important. One thing that should be considered is that dryer vents actually do need to be serviced occasionally to ensure efficiency and to prevent any other problems rather than just removing lint from the dryer tray. Here are some FAQs regarding dryer vents and the importance of cleaning them periodically.

Q: What are the signs that I may need a professional dryer vent cleaning?

  • A dryer that takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes.
  • If your clothes are hot after 1 cycle of drying.
  • Dryer is hot to the touch while it is on.
  • Lint accumulation around and behind the dryer.
  • Your laundry room is humid or warm while using your dryer.
  • Musty smelling clothes in the dryer.
  • Increasing amount of time to dry a load of clothes.

Q: Do I really need to have my dryer vent cleaned?

Yes, Dryer vent fires are one of the leading cause of home fires in the United States. An average of 15,000 dryer fires are reported annually causing over $110 million in damages.

Q: Why are my clothes taking so long to dry? Do I need a new dryer?

Sometimes the problem is your dryer. However, if your dryer is still heating up but the clothes are not getting dry in a reasonable amount of time (about 45minutes for a standard load) that is a very good sign that you are overdue for a dryer vent cleaning. A clogged dryer vent does not allow the hot air and moisture to escape from the dryer causing the clothes to not dry. We receive many referrals from dryer repairmen who have responded to calls about broken dryers only to find there is a problem with the dryer vent. Even worse is when we receive a call from someone who went out and purchased a new dryer thinking that their old dryer was worn out, only to find that the new dryer doesn’t work either due to a faulty or clogged dryer vent.

Q: Do I need my dryer vent cleaned?

There are many factors to consider, but yes ALL dryer vents need to be cleaned at some time.

Q: How often should I have my dryer exhaust cleaned?

Major appliance manufacturers recommend having a professional inspect and clean your dryer vent at least once every year. However, cleaning intervals vary depending on many factors and make honest recommendations of 1-3years depending on:

  • The age of your dryer, if it is more than 10 years old it may need to be cleaned more often.
  • Dryer vents that are 5 feet or less in length will not need to be cleaned as often as a dryer vent that has a length of 15 feet or more. The longer the vent the more it will buildup with lint.
  • A vent that has several bends or elbows will collect more lint than a straight run.
  • A full size dryer has better flow than a compact or stackable dryer.
  • If you are using the dryer a lot it will need to be cleaned more.

Q: Will save money on my electric or gas bill?

Yes. Your dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to operate. Having your vent cleaned on an annual basis can save you an average of $20 per month on your utility bill.

Q: Can I clean my own dryer vent?

Yes in some cases you can. If the dryer vent is short 4 feet or less you may be able to clean if yourself. There are also kits sold at some home improvement stores for a DIY cleaning. We have heard mixed reviews on those kits. Sometimes people have good luck with them, other times people have spent hours trying to get it to work only to have the kit break while trying to clean their vent then they call us and we have to remove the broken kit from the system and complete the cleaning.

Q: What is a dryer vent?

We have found that there is a common misconception of what exactly constitutes a dryer vent. Some people believe that the lint trap that needs to be cleaned out after each use of the dryer is the vent. The dryer vent is the tube behind the dryer that connects your dryer to the wall and runs however long and needs to eventually exit the home to a vent hood located on the side wall or the roof.

Q: I have the plastic tubing is that ok?

No, A dryer vent is required to be composed of solid aluminum ducting and can contain no screws to hold the tubing together.

Q: Why should I call Crystal Clean Duct Service to clean my dryer vent?

We are trained professionals who specialize in dryer vent cleaning. We will give you honest, on time service, and give you the best possible recommendations regarding your home and your safety. A majority of our customers are referral based, and our reviews speak for themselves.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding dryer vent cleaning, please contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.


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