Clogged Dryer Vents: an Unnecessary Home Hazard

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Mr. Appliance® explains the importance of routine dryer vent maintenance.

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Often, people will assume that the decrease in performance of their dryer is an indication that the appliance is in need of repair or replacement.

Simple maintenance can extend the life of your dryer and most importantly protect your home. Many people don’t realize that the lint trap on their dryer only catches about 25 percent of the lint from laundry. The remaining lint travels through the ventilation system, clogging the vents. That is why it is important to have the dryer vent cleaned routinely.

A dryer vent that is clogged with lint has a number of disadvantages. When the vent is clogged, air cannot move freely through the vent system, causing the dryer to run less efficiently. This directly results in higher utility costs and decreasing the life of your dryer. Furthermore, a poorly maintained ventilation system can be a potential hazard, as lint that has collected in the system can become hot when the dryer is operating, igniting the lint.

If you suspect that your dryer may not be operating optimally, consult with an appliance repair expert. They will be able to assess your dryer and determine if the ventilation system is the problem. “Often, people will assume that the decrease in performance of their dryer is an indication that the appliance is in need of repair or replacement,” said Dana Smith, owner of Mr. Appliance of West Central Ohio. “However, the issue can sometimes be as simple as a dryer vent that is clogged.”

Smith recommends always conferring with an appliance specialist, as they can give a full picture of what is wrong with your appliance. It is also recommended to schedule yearly dryer vent cleaning to be sure to keep the vents clear of accumulating lint.

Also, be sure to ask about the process used for dryer vent cleaning. There are several options for cleaning dryer vents and some options can clean your dryer vent as quickly as 30 minutes without anyone ever having to enter your home.

For more information on dryer vent cleaning click here or contact your local Mr. Appliance.

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