There are some easy ways to determine if you’re dryer vent is clogged with lint. Here are some that don’t involve anything more than analyzing how your dryer is operating:
Long Drying Cycle – Modern dryers are designed to dry clothes in a single cycle. If your clothes are taking 2, 3, or even 4 cycles to dry, you most likely have a clogged dryer vent. Many people assume this means that they need a new dryer, but in reality, a proper vent cleaning often solves this problem and returns your dryer to perfect working order!
Hot Laundry Room Or Dryer – While a dryer is supposed to put out heat, it is not supposed to put out so much heat that is makes the laundry room hot and humid. If your laundry room is getting hot every time you dry your clothes, the problem could be a clogged vent.
Lint On The Floor Around The Vent – If your dryer is “leaking” dryer lint or depositing it anywhere other than in the lint trap, it is likely that you have a damaged or clogged dryer vent. A dryer vent is designed to vent all the hot air and lint out of the home — if it is leaving lint on the floor, something is not working properly.
No! While you should definitely be emptying the lint trap after each use, this is not enough to ensure the safe operation of your dryer. The lint trap only gathers a portion of the lint produced during the process of drying. The rest is deposited into your dryer vent where it can build up along the walls of the vent (similar to creosote in a chimney). Over time, these layers of lint restrict the flow of hot air through the vent, reducing efficiency and increasing your chance of a dryer fire.
What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
Dryer fires are one of the main causes of home fires in the U.S., and failure to clean the vents is the number one cause of those dryer fires. In addition to having your vents properly cleaned, you can help protect your home by making a point never to run your dryer while you are sleeping or out of the house.
The technicians at Brickliners have the experience and certifications to properly clean and repair your dryer vents. Call us today at 802-872-0123 or click here to request your next appointment!