Most washer and dryer owners know basic operation when it comes to running these appliances. Dryer users know to clean the vent trap after each load. But that is just the “surface” layer cleaning when it comes to the lint build up. The dryer holds its share of lint deeper in the machine before it channels through the vent hose and from there it either blows its waste outside or into the garage depending where home is designed to expel the dryer vent. Lint will circulate through the vent tubing, and often get clogged. A symptom of clogged air vents is when it take multiple cycles to dry a single load of laundry.
DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning
You can attempt to clean dryer vents yourself; pushing a broom and hope it is long enough to clear any clogs, or attempt to suck it without a dry vac, but unless it has incredible strength, it may not even budge the clog. A professional cleaning is best in this scenario. American Hometown Services, Inc. has vent cleaning among our many services we offer. A professional has the training and equipment to get this job done efficiently and quickly.
American Hometown Services, Inc. would like to share the benefits of having an experienced technician clean your dryer vents.
– Fire Prevention: Lint and other particles of debris that get built up in the vent is easily ignited into flames with the smallest spark. According to FEMA from 2008-2010, a 2,900 residential fires were originated with clothes dryer, leading to 5 deaths, over a 100 injuries and an estimated $35 million in property damage. Keeping your dryer vents regularly cleaned thoroughly by a professional can greatly reduce the risk of fires starting by the dryer.
– Dryer Efficiency. When lint and debris build up, even if a clog hasn’t been created, the airflow is greatly decreased. Proper airflow keeps the dryer work adequately. If the air flow is struggling, the dryer then compensates, working harder and putting an undue strain on the machine, which then, leads to over-heating. And as mentioned before, clogs could be required more drying cycles per load, not only adding to unnecessary stress on your unit, but also increasing utility bills.
– Increased Dryer Life Span. Keeping your system regularly cleaned will keep your dryer running longer. For example, regularly getting oil changes and tune ups keeps your vehicle running longer and smoother without major catastrophe. Your dryer is no different; think of a deep vent cleaning like an oil change, a good maintenance schedule will only add to the longevity of your dryer appliance.
To give you a general idea to how often you should hire a professional to come and clean your vents depends on how often you run your dryer.
Loads: 1-2 per week = Professional Cleaning 1-2 years.
Loads: 4-5 per week = Professional Cleaning annually.
Loads: 8-10 per week = Professional Cleaning twice a year.
Loads: 2-3 per day = Professional Cleaning quarterly (every 3 months).
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American Hometown Services, Inc. can help you decide what’s best for your brand of dryer compared to how many loads you average. Call us today and find out what our services can do for your dryer.