Common Signs That Your Dryer Needs Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
Make sure your dryer’s ventilation system is professionally cleaned to ensure its free of lint, debris, and other materials that reduce its efficiency by making it work longer and harder. This is no small matter; right now, the cost for a new dryer can run as high as $1700!
You already know that appliances have a big impact on your energy bill. Running the dryer for longer periods of time will make that bill even higher.
If saving money isn’t enough to convince you, consider that 92% of house fires that start in the laundry area are traced to dryers. These fires are also difficult to spot and put out before they cause major damage because people rarely stay in the laundry room once they’ve loaded and started the machines.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission also warns that overheated dryers can cause fires, and recommends that a qualified service person cleans inside the dryer chassis where lint builds up.
We Use Equipment Specifically Made to Clean Dryer Vents
Lint You Remove From Your Dryer is Nothing Compared to Inside the Vent!
Your dryer removes whatever doesn’t get rinsed off during the washing process. Think about all the lint you remove from the inside lint screen each time you use your dryer (you do this, right?). Imagine how much of it gets blown into the vent, year after year. You may be surprised by how much dust, lint, and lots of other debris is commonly found inside dryer ventilation pathways. It’s the result of all the stuff that gets blown off clothing, blankets, pet pillows and other items you’ve put through the laundry.
Matthew Steger, an ASHI Certified Home Inspector who is also a certified thermographer, notes that up to one gallon of water vapor can be drawn out during a normal drying cycle. This vapor and lint travels through the dryer vent to outside the home. When vents get clogged with lint, it’s more difficult for air and vapor to escape.
Many Homes Have Dryer Vent Screens to Keep the Critters Outside
In addition, many houses have screens in place to keep little visitors from getting inside dryer vent exits. We recommend removing these screens. Over time, lint will eventually build up, blocking the exit and backing up lint into the vent. Professional vent cleaning takes care of cleaning these screens as well.
Home Inspectors Look at Ventilation Systems
If you plan to put your home on the market, do yourself or your clients a favor and get the dryer vent professionally cleaned.
According to the ASHI Reporter, the news service for the American Society of Home Inspectors, lack of servicing for dryer, air conditioning, and furnace vents is one of the 10 most common inspection problems its members encounter.