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Dryer Vent 101: Everything You Need to Know for A Safe and Efficient System

Forgotten Until Something Goes Wrong

If you’re like most people, you never really worry about the engine on your vehicle until that dreaded check engine light comes on. That’s when all those ‘worse-case’ scenarios start running through your mind. Unfortunately, this same mindset holds true for a lot of the appliances we rely on everyday. In most cases, lack of proper maintenance will leave you inconvenienced by a broken down appliance. There are some situations that can have far greater consequences.

A lack of proper dryer vent maintenance will not only make your dryer less efficient but will also create a dangerous situation in your home. Clogged dryer vents are responsible for thousands of house fires each year, fires that are preventable with proper maintenance.

In this article, you’ll learn about the signs to look for, the problems a clogged dryer vent can cause, and the steps you can take to avoid problems.

Signs You May Have a Problem

The Presence of Lint: While there are several less subtle signs that your dryer vent requires maintenance, one of the most obvious is the presence of lint around your dryer vent, the opening of your dryer, and on your clothes. This is a surefire indication the lint from your dryer is not being vented properly. The accumulation of lint combined with high temperatures is never a good combination. So, if you notice lint in these areas, schedule dryer vent cleaning with a local dryer vent professional.

Increased Drying Time: In addition to the presence of lint, increased drying times are another indication you have a clogged or damaged vent. When your dryer is operating efficiently, a load of clothes should dry in a single cycle, about 45 minutes, depending on the clothing material and size of the load. If you notice that it’s taking longer and longer to dry the same size load, you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Have your vents checked to remove any clogs or repair damage that could be restricting proper ventilation.

Higher Energy Costs: A less obvious sign you have a dryer vent issue is rising energy costs. If you track your monthly energy costs and have noticed a steady increase over the last 3 to 4 months, it could be the result of your dryer. As mentioned, a clogged or damaged vent will lead to increased drying times, which means your dryer is operating less efficiently, running longer, and working harder to dry your clothes. If there are no other obvious signs of increased energy usage, have your dryer vent checked by a professional to eliminate it as a possible cause of your higher energy bill.

A Clogged Vent - What Could Go Wrong?

While in most cases a clogged or damaged dryer vent will not result in a fire, there is the potential for disaster whenever vents become clogged or damaged. Lint is highly flammable. If it builds up and is constantly exposed to the high temperature from your dryer, it could ignite under the right conditions. And while this is a worst-case scenario, it can be easily avoided with proper dryer vent installation, inspection, and regular maintenance.

How to Prevent Dryer Vent Problems

The best way to ensure your dryer vent is installed correctly and working properly is to schedule service with your local dryer vent professional. A pro will check your vent to ensure it has been installed properly, is in good working order, and is free of any clogs or damage that could impede the venting process. A pro will also check the exterior of your home to make sure the outside vent is not obstructed in any way by debris, foliage, or other obstacles that could prevent proper venting. Once everything checks out and looks good, they will suggest a routine maintenance schedule to ensure everything remains in proper working order.

Trust the Pros to Get the Job Done Right

Like so many other things we rely on in our everyday life, your dryer vent is not something you probably worry about when you’re trying to fall asleep at night. However, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t require a little love and attention. Ensuring your dryer vent is installed properly and is in good working order means you have one less thing to worry about.

When it comes to dryer vent installation, repair, and maintenance, you can count on the local pros at Dryer Vent Wizard. They have the experience, right tools, and expertise to ensure your dryer is installed properly and continues to work efficiently, which just might help you sleep better at night.

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