If you have a multiple person family or a love of clothes, you know the laundry can pile up quickly. What can be even worse is that in the midst of doing the laundry, the washer or dryer breaks. It is important to make sure that you take care of your appliances and that you have any preventative maintenance that comes along with them.
Inside of your dryer, there is a small vent that collects lint from every load of laundry. This should be cleaned out frequently, and will help reduce how many cycles the clothes take to dry. The vents in the back of the dryer are harder to clean out. For your safety, cleaning should only be done by an experienced technician. Call today to schedule an appointment with Aelite Chimney Specialties.
How do you know when the vents need to be cleaned out?
Dirty dryer vents are one of the leading causes of fires inside of the home because lint is so flammable. The first warning sign is that you will have to run multiple cycles to dry a load of clothes. Other than lint, many things can block vents such as bird and squirrel nests, and beehives. Even if you think your vents are clear, you should still have them checked. Your dryer’s hose should also be checked once a year, so typically technicians will go ahead and check both while they are there. Clean vents will also help save on energy costs, as they will work better. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) also points out that not having to run the dryer for multiple cycles will lengthen its life span.
The cleaning process is usually simple. When the technicians arrive, they will move the dryer away from the wall and remove the dryer vent. This will take up a little space so make sure you have left them enough room to work. Next, they will scrub the inside of the vent tube and clean the vent that leads to the outside of the home. After they clean up the lint and replace your dryer, they will pack up and be on their way.