Frequently Asked Questions

Dryer Vent Wizard technician

Our goal at Dryer Vent Wizard is to prevent dryer fires and increase dryer efficiency by providing the highest-quality dryer vent cleaning services. We also work to reach that goal by providing valuable and practical information about dryer vent cleaning and safety to the public. As a source of this specialized knowledge, we have been asked many questions about dryer vents, safety techniques, and our services. Here, you can find our customers’ most frequently asked questions along with our answers.

Q: Why is my dryer taking so long to dry?

A: Typically, when it comes to an issue with your clothes not drying, the dryer is not the problem. Vent disrepair, blockages such as bird nests or lint accumulation, and improper venting configurations are all possible causes of poor dryer function. The experts at Dryer Vent Wizard can determine the cause of your dryer issue and provide you with an estimate and recommended solutions that will not only increase the efficiency of your dryer, but remove any potential fire hazards as well.

Q: Can I clean my dryer vents myself?

A: At Dryer Vent Wizard, in order to gain the most efficiency out of your dryer, we recommend having your dryer vents cleaned and inspected every year. However, if you notice any of these warning signs, including hot clothes, longer dry times, excess lint, and more, we highly recommend having your vents cleaned or repaired by one of our expert technicians to prevent a dryer fire.

Q: How do I know when my dryer vents need to be cleaned?

A: Yes! There can be many warning signs that indicate an elevated risk of fire or malfunction. View our comprehensive list of Warning Signs to see if you might be missing a sign from your dryer.

Q: Are dryer fires common? What do I need to do to prevent a dryer fire?

A: According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System, there are approximately 15,500 dryer fires every year, resulting in as many as 34 deaths, 430 injuries, and $209 million in property damages. In order to protect your home from a dryer fire, we recommend having your vents cleaned and inspected at least once a year. If you notice any warning signs, call our experienced professionals today.

Q: What services does Dryer Vent Wizard offer?

A: Dryer Vent Wizard provides professional cleaning, inspection, maintenance, repairs, alterations and complete installation of dryer vent systems. Our experienced team of technicians provide services for both our residential and commercial customers. We come to every job equipped and prepared to administer full service, allowing us to complete any found repair during your appointment without the inconvenience of a follow-up visit. We are dedicated to making your dryer safer and more efficient.

Q: How much does it cost to have your dryer vent cleaned?

A: Since each household is unique, an estimate is provided after Dryer Vent Wizard technicians perform a full diagnostic inspection. This inspection identifies the extent of the dryer vent problem and provides the basis of the estimate and recommended solutions.

Q: Why do I need to have my vents cleaned every year? What are the benefits to annual dryer vent maintenance?

A: Besides making your dryer run more efficiently and preventing dryer fires, consumers can look forward to lower energy bills as a result of the dryer not having to work so hard and long to dry clothes. Consumers save $18-$24 monthly on average as a result of reduced dryer times. In addition, clothes don’t wear out as quickly when they don’t have to go through multiple cycles. Visit our Vent Cleaning Benefits page to view our list of benefits.

Q: What is the difference between a dryer duct and a dryer vent?

A: The exhaust system of a clothing dryer has two different colloquial names, dryer duct and dryer vent. The two names are interchangeable depending on the region in which you live or which manufacturer made your dryer. Whether you call it a duct or a vent, we are here to get the lint out! Contact us today to schedule a cleaning for your dryer duct or dryer vent.

If you have questions about dryer vents or Dryer Vent Wizard's services that are not answered here, please call us today, or request an appointment to schedule service now.

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