Most people, especially people with large families, use the dryer on a daily basis. Laundry is a never-ending chore. Towels, bedding, and clothing constantly need to be washed and dried. Maintaining the dryer is an important aspect of the overall care and it goes beyond cleaning out the vent trap. Part of the maintenance includes cleaning the dryer’s vent. We at Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning would like to take the opportunity to answer a handful of the most common frequently asked regarding the dryer vent cleaning service.
Answers to FAQ on Dryer Vent Cleaning
How do I know I need a dryer vent cleaning?
– If a dryer takes multiple cycles to dry a load.
– At the end of one cycle the load is excessively hot.
– The dryer is hot to the touch while it runs.
– An accumulation of lint around or behind the dryer.
– The use of the dryer makes the laundry room humid or warm.
– The clothes in dryer smell musty.
Do the dryer vents really need a cleaning?
In the United States, dryer vent fires are one of the leading causes of home fires. A reported annual of more than $110 million in damages from an average of 15,000 dryer fires, which is why all dryer vents should be cleaned.
What is the dryer vent?
Some people are a little unsure as to what a dryer vent is. Some believe the lint trap that is cleaned after each use is the dryer vent. The tube behind the dryer that is connected to the wall is the dryer’s vent. From there, the vent eventually runs outside to release the debris.
Do I need a new dryer if the clothes take so long to dry?
The dryer is likely the fault for taking the clothes taking an extended amount of time to dry. It is more or less a sign the dryer vent is overdue for cleaning. With a clogged dryer vent, the hot air cannot properly ventilate, preventing the clothes from dryer. The dryer usually is not in need of replacing, just simply in need of a vent cleaning.
How frequently does the dryer vent need cleaning?
Having a professional inspect and clean your dryer vent at least once every year is recommended by the major appliance manufacturers. However, there are a few factors that can dictate the frequency can be every 1-3 years. Such circumstances include:
– If the dryer is over 10 years old it will need more vent cleaning.
– A vent that has bends or elbows will accumulate more lint.
– Compact or stackable dryers need more cleaning.
– Using a dryer more frequently will require more frequent cleanings.
– The longer the vents are, the more they buildup, requiring more cleanings.
Is plastic tubing for my dryer vent okay?
The dryer vent is required to be composed of solid metal ducting and should be secured with the proper metal tape attaching the joints together.
Will I save money on my utility bills when I get my dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis?
Yes. The average homeowner saves up to $20 per month on your utility bill.
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You can do your own dryer vent cleaning, especially if the dryer vent is four feet or less. However, keep in mind that ultimately professionally cleaning is more effective and professionals have the equipment and training to ensure the dryer vents are cleaned. When you need your dryer vents need cleaned, call Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning and let our professionals get your vents clean like new.