How to Clean Your Dryer Vent

on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

How to Clean Your Dryer Vent

Lint building up in your dryer and in the piping can cause serious problems including making your house smell like burnt rubber, ruining clothes, and house fires. Cleaning the lint trap after every load in the dryer is vital to maintaining the life of your dryer and protecting your clothes and home from damage. However, isn’t there more you could be doing?

Well, the short answer is yes. Cleaning out your dryer venting inside and out will help preserve the health of your dryer and prevent fires. Symptoms that your dryer might need to be cleaned out include:

  • Clothes taking longer to dry.
  • Clothes coming out feeling damp still.
  • Or, Clothes feeling hotter than normal after drying.
  • The dryer itself feeling very hot or hotter than normal after drying.
  • The laundry room feeling more humid than normal after drying.
  • The laundry room smelling like something is burning.

While not all of these are symptoms of dryer lint buildup, if you think there might be something wrong with your dryer, call a professional out to take a look.

If you have pets in the house, you should be cleaning your lint trap and dryer ventilation more frequently than homes without pets. Aim to empty your lint trap after every load, and clean your dryer ventilation once every six months to a year.

Cleaning your own venting can be difficult, and you could end up spending more money in the long run if there is something wrong with your system. Try vacuuming below your lint trap, or use a long-handled scrub brush to clean lint out of your dryer once a month, with a thorough clean of your ventilation yearly.

First Class HVAC can help with duct cleaning, although we recommend that you refer to a dryer professional if you need maintenance on your machine. First Class HVAC guarantees that we will fix the problem or refer you to someone else that can do it better.

Contact us online or call us at (302) 934-8900 for more information on how we can help with ventilation in your laundry room or duct cleaning in your home.

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