Dryer Vent Cleaning Southport NC
How Dryer Vents Become Clogged
Dryer vents will become clogged or dirty over time. Lint from clothes, animal and human hair, and whatever is left in your pocket will oftentimes survive the washing machine. As clothing tumbles around inside the dryer the debris and lint from clothing becomes air born. As the dryer’s air escapes through the ventilation system, damp debris and lint follow. Damp lint will have a tendency to adhere to the ventilation system’s outside walls. Over time, the lint decreases the air flow, making the dryer run harder and may even limit air from escaping altogether.
Dryer vents that are clogged with lint cause unneeded wear and tear on dryer parts, leading to expensive repairs. What sort of repairs? A dryer will suck air in from behind the dryer. This air will pass an element similar to that of your oven. The air will blow through the tumbling clothing then through the system of ventilation. If this hot air has no place to go or is limited the dryer starts heating up. This air inside the dryer will become hotter yet it does not dry the clothes because no moisture is getting released through the vents. A dryer contains sensors which will blow as the dryer attains a specific temperature. The result is a pricey repair cost.
In addition, when the dryer is working harder due to lack and inefficiency of air flow, a dryer is going to consume more energy, and result in higher electric or gas bills.
Clogged Dryer Vents Are Dangerous
Also, clogged dryer vents may pose as a possible fire hazard. Lint is extremely flammable. When dryer vents clog, the space that surrounds the dryer typically will accumulate a fair amount of lint. As a dryer sucks air in to be heated, lint also would be sucked up passing through a heating element. It could create a dangerous fire hazard. In fact, clogged dryer vents are the cause of more than 15,000 house fires each year!
What can you do?
• Clean your lint trap after EVERY laundry load.
• Inspect your vent outside to ensure it is not clogged or birds haven’t made the vent a home.
• Pay close attention to the dryer’s condition. Inspect the space that surrounds the dryer, which includes the electrical connections or gas connections.
• Have all kinked hoses or plastic hoses replaced with the correct metal hoses.
• NEVER leave a dryer running if you are not home.
• Routine maintenance ensures the dryer lasts several years.
Regular maintenance and inspections are suggested by every manufacturer. They suggest getting the dryer vents cleaned by an expert every 12 – 18 months. An expert will have the ability to scrape all the lint out which has built up inside the ventilation system and dryer. Also, an inspection by an expert will ensure that the dryer will operate safely and efficiently.
For more information on dryer vent cleaning, contact Jamerson Appliance Repair at (910) 351-0293.