How to Tell If Your Dryer Vent is Clogged

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Do you have a dryer that takes two or more cycles to dry? That could be the result of a dirty dryer vent! Have you noticed a spike in your energy bill? Yep! That could mean the dryer vent is clogged too. A clogged dryer vent causes all sorts of problems with your dryer. And if that’s not already enough to make you want your vents cleaned, then consider the U.S. Fire Administration’s most recent report showing that dirty dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer fires. So why are dryer vents so important?

Understand the Effects of A Dirty Dryer Vent on Your Dryer’s Performance

The dryer vent plays a crucial role in the life of a dryer. Without a proper ventilation, the dryer works harder to dry clothing, causing longer dry times, excessive wear on the machine, and higher energy bills.

Think of your dryer vent like your respiratory system. If your mouth and nose are completely unobstructed, then you breathe comfortably and physical activity is a breeze (assuming you’re in good health). Now, image placing a cloth lightly over your face. Breathing becomes more difficult, making walking, running, or physical activity more of a challenge. Next, image the cloth almost completely obstructing your air flow. Breathing would become labored, and physical activity would be extremely challenging. Your obstructed air flow would eventually result in slower performance and a faster physical breakdown.

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Much like your body, the dryer needs proper air flow to function at its peak performance.

How to Tell If Your Dryer Vent is Clogged

Problems caused by a clogged dryer vent can be avoided by cleaning your dryer vent every 6 months. You call tell if your dryer vent is clogged by following these simple guidelines:

  • Excess dry times. If you’re having to run a second or third cycle to get dry clothes, then you should have your dryer vents inspected. Not sure if the vents are really the problem? Troubleshoot your dryer vent by removing the vent hose from the back of the dryer. Run the cycle and see if the dryer’s performance improves. If it does, then contact your local dryer vent cleaning company for help.
  • Hot exterior. If the dryer is working overtime to dry your clothes, you may notice the outside of the dryer is very hot at the end of the drying cycle. This is a warning sign of a clogged vent.
  • Burning smell. If you notice a burning smell, stop the cycle immediately. Lint, which is flammable, may have heated up causing a burning smell. Check around the base of the dryer, vent hose, dryer vent, and lint trap for obstructions and lint buildup. If you notice excessive lint, contact a dryer vent cleaning specialist for a dryer vent inspection.
  • Lint or debris outside the vent opening. If you notice a collection of lint where the dryer vent exits your home, then this is a very clear indication of a dirty vent. Definitely call a dryer vent specialist.

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2018-02-20T11:26:03-05:00 August 9th, 2016|Blog, Dryer, Safety|Comments Off on How to Tell If Your Dryer Vent is Clogged