Whether laundry is your favorite chore or you hate it, we can agree on one thing, your dryer should dry your clothes the first time around. However when your dryer vent is blocked, you’re your dryer loses efficiency — and even poses a fire hazard. Learn more about a blocked dryer vent and recognize the signs that you need a dryer vent cleaning.
What is a Blocked Dryer Vent?
As the name implies, a blocked dryer vent occurs when the vent from the dryer to the outside becomes blocked. Typically, lint is the most common type of debris to block the dryer vent.
With the vent blocked, your dryer runs less efficiently. This occurs because the moist air is unable to vent and stays in the dryer, making the clothes damp as well.
This can cause you to need to run your clothes for twice the normal amount of time. That dryer inefficiency wastes both your time and your money. It can easily take twice as long to dry a load of laundry with the vent blocked. That also means you use twice as much energy to dry a load of clothes — over time, that waste adds up.
While that is a definite nuisance, the true problem with a blocked dryer vent is that it can be a fire hazard. In rare cases a completely blocked dryer vent can prove the catalyst for a house fire.
Wondering if this might be the case in your house? Keep reading.
Signs You Need Your Dryer Vent Cleaned
- It makes more time for your clothes to dry
Since the moist air isn’t venting successfully, it keeps the clothes wet. Eventually your clothes will dry but it will take more time and take more energy.
- The dryer and clothes are hot to the touch (but not necessarily dry)
Warm clothes coming out of the dryer is a beautiful thing. This warning sign is when the clothes are downright HOT!
All of that hot air should be venting to the outside, but it can’t. All of that heat sticks around causing your clothes and dry to feel downright hot.
- You smell a burning from your dryer
One of the least common, but most serious, warning signs. If you smell burning from your dryer, pay attention!
Lint, the most common source of a dryer vent blockage, is highly flammable. All of the heat trying to escape through the vent can cause it to catch fire.
- You see debris around or inside the outside vent flap
This is one of the most obvious signs. If you examine your dryer vent up close and see debris, you can expect the inside to be full of debris.
Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
Cleaning out your dryer vent is simple in principle, but difficult in practice. There aren’t any fancy tactics or machinery involved.
To clean out a dryer vent you need to move the dryer and physically pull the years of lint and debris. While most homeowners can do this own their own, they still contact a professional.
At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we have the dryer vent cleaning experience that when we clean your dryer vent we do it faster and we do it correctly.
If you notice these signs of a blocked dryer vent, give us a call.