There are many areas of the home that need to be cleaned but are often forgotten. The areas of a residence that are out of sight are some of the most neglected areas. One such example is the dryer vents. The dryer vent only needs a thorough cleaning every few years. However, neglecting to clean the dryer vent, especially when it needs it, can lead to major problems. A dirty dryer vent can result in higher energy costs and waste, and even become a fire hazard. It is therefore important to detect when the dryer vents need to be cleaned. Express Air Duct Cleaning would like to share some of the common signs that the dryer vent needs to be cleaned to help prevent fire hazards and to ensure your dryer is energy efficient.
Dryer is Taking Longer to Dry Clothes
When you do a load of laundry and you put it into the dryer and run a cycle, only to discover the laundry is still damp, there is a problem. When the laundry doesn’t dry within the first cycle, either your load was way too big or the dryer vent is clogged. Most people will just run another cycle or even do a total of three cycles to dry a single load of the laundry. Not only are you wearing down the dryer faster, you are also using a lot of energy. A dryer consumes a lot of energy to run a single cycle, let alone three. If your laundry isn’t dry within the first cycle, reduce the load size in the future and check the dryer vents.
Clothes Dryer is Hot to the Touch
When a load finishes drying and you take it out only to discover the laundry is super-hot, this is a sign the dryer is overheating. A dryer will overheat when there is not enough air flow. All of the heat created to dry out the laundry is trapped inside the dryer and cannot properly ventilate out. When your laundry is really hot, first check the lint trap. If the lint trap is clean then the problem is most likely in the dryer vent.
Doing Laundry Greatly Increases Humidity
When the dryer vent is blocked the laundry room will also become overly heated and often humid. This is also due to an air flow restriction and the heat is backing up and into the laundry room. Again, first check the lint trap and make sure that is not the site of the air flow restriction. If the lint trap is clean then your dryer vent is full of lint and is blocked.
Dryer Just Stopped Working
When the dryer stops working it is often due to overheating. When the dryer has signs of overheating which includes hot laundry, the room is hot, and the dryer stops working, there is a major blockage. In most situations it is because the dryer vent is full of lint and needs to be cleaned.
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A blocked dryer vent can lead to a number of different problems with the dryer and its energy efficiency. The worst hazard however is flammable lint that is a major fire hazard. Never allow lint to build up in the dryer vent or near the dryer. For expert dryer vent cleaning, contact Express Air Duct Cleaning today!