How to Know When it is Time to Clean Your Dryer Vent
Do your clothes seem to take forever to dry? Do you notice a burning smell coming from your dryer? Many people aren’t aware that their dryer vent needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent build up and reduce fire hazards. Before we go into the tell-tale signs that a dryer vent needs cleaning, you should understand how a dryer vent works:
All the hot air and moisture from the dryer is sent up the dryer vent and outside. If you did not have the vent, all this air would be let out in your house, leading to a hot, humid mess. This would also cause mildew, mold, and high air conditioning bills! What people don’t know however is that these same effects can happen if you don’t get your dryer vents properly cleaned. Your vents can become clogged with lint, dirt, or debris over time, and stop functioning properly. So how do you know when it’s time to get your dryer vents professionally cleaned? Here are some warning signs that your dryer vent needs cleaning:
Your clothes are taking longer than usual to dry
Have you noticed that even after the max drying cycle, your clothes are still damp? Maybe
you find yourself having to run the dryer again to fully dry your clothes. When a dryer vent is
clogged, all that moist air we mentioned earlier gets trapped within the dryer, causing your
clothes to take longer and longer to dry. This leads to clothes wearing out, electricity bills rising,
and the life of the dryer getting cut in half.
There is a burning smell coming from your dryer
If you are noticing a burning smell when you use your dryer, this is a major warning sign that you need to get your dryer vents cleaned as soon as possible! Lint is flammable, and a buildup of trapped lint getting blown with hot air can even start a fire. Remember to clean your lint filer, and if you are noticing a burning odor call Florida Cool Inc. 239-260-4447 immediately.
Your clothes are coming out very hot, and the dryer is hot to the touch
If you notice that your dryer and clothes are heating up too much during a drying cycle, this is a sign that the vent is not ventilating properly. If your vent is not functioning properly, this is wasting energy, and could burn out your dryer’s life way faster than normal.
It’s been longer than a year since you have cleaned them
You should have your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once a
year. According to
Consumer Product Safety Commission air vents blocked with lint can cause fires.
If you have realized it’s time to clean your dryers, call Florida Cool Inc. at (239)-260-4447. We are experts in indoor air quality, and our experienced technicians have seen just about every make and model of dryers and dryer vents, so we know how to properly clean them efficiently. The benefit to hiring a professional in addition to efficient cleaning of the vent, we will inspect the vent for any damage or anything that just doesn’t look right. At Florida Cool Inc., we pride ourselves on our honest, fair, and quality service.
If you have any other questions regarding dryer vents or air conditioning, please call us and one of our professional technicians will assist you!
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