While you should be cleaning the lint trap after each load of laundry, this good habit alone is not enough to prevent overheating which could lead to a possible fire. When your dryer vent system is restricted it can overheat and pose a threat to you and your home. While you may be able to clean your dryer vent yourself, it’s always a good idea to get an expert’s advice.
A restricted dryer duct system will certainly cause a dryer to run hotter and increase the danger that something could catch fire. Dryer venting systems can become clogged if the dryer hose is crimped behind the dryer or the dryer flex or hard duct is crushed or otherwise damaged during installation. Dryer lint can accumulate at the outdoor hood screen, along the length of the duct (more-so with flex hose ducting) at duct fittings and at the dryer lint screen itself. A blocked or partially blocked venting system, however, is only the first link in a chain of events that must occur for a fire to start. Other events include: failure of the thermostat control and high limit safety switches in the dryer, lint inside the cabinet of the dryer or a missing or a damaged lint screen.
Long lengths of venting that exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations should be avoided. When this is not possible or practical, a booster fan can provide a safer option to maintain full airflow within the vent system.
How do you know when it’s time to clean your Dryer vent? Here are a few tell-tale signs:
- Clothing is not completely dry and / or feels abnormally hot after a normal drying cycle
- You notice a musty smell in your clothing following a drying cycle
- More than a year has passed since the last time you had the vent cleaned
- Higher than usual humidity levels in the laundry room area
- Drying Cycles are interrupted by safety limits opening
- Drying time for clothing takes longer than 40-45 minutes
Bonus Safety Tips:
- Never run your clothes dryer when you are away from your home or just as bad, when you are sleeping.
- Be sure to have an active smoke detector close to the laundry area in case of a dryer vent fire.
- Clean your dryer vent annually when you replace the batteries in your smoke alarm(s).
- Better still, have a professional HVAC company clean your dryer vent during an annual furnace inspection.
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