Your clothes dryer is designed to do a specific job in a certain amount of time. It should dry a moderately sized load of clothes in one cycle. If it doesn’t, many homeowners just start another cycle, and another after that. This is unsafe because there is a problem with your dryer that isn’t being addressed. It’s clogged.
Signs of a Clog:
- It takes more than one cycle to dry a load of clothes.
- The dryer and the room where it’s installed gets hot while it’s running.
- The dryer and the room where it’s installed gets excessively humid.
- The exterior vent flap is stuck in place.
Many homeowners assume these things are normal for a clothes dryer—that’s it’s just getting old or worn out. The dryer should never perform this poorly if it’s less than three years old. Even when it’s over three years old it should be serviced regularly and repaired as needed so it continues to work properly and doesn’t pose a threat to your family.
The Danger of a Clogged Dryer Vent
Your clothes dryer is a heat source that needs ventilation. The vent hose is how the lint, vapor, and heat escapes the dryer without affecting the home or causing a house fire. Even if you clean the lint trap regularly, there are still stray amounts of lint that builds up in that vent, creating a fire hazard and decreasing efficiency, wasting your money and shortening the life of your appliance with each extra cycle. Besides the obvious waste of money and resources, your dryer vent can cost thousands in fire damage and insurance claims.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration about 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of clothes dryer fires is a failure to clean them. This loss is 100 percent preventable through routine maintenance and cleaning of your appliance, and replacing faulty appliances and parts.
Call a Professional
If you have noticed a problem with your clothes dryer you should call a professional right away. Only an experienced technician can clean your dryer vent and leave you with a system that will keep working for you. Spending some money now can save you substantially in the future, if not for damages, then for a new appliance. When it takes two or three cycles to dry one load of clothes, it shortens your dryer’s life by two or three times. According to consumer experts a new clothes dryer should last 10 years. If it’s shorted by two or three times it may only last three to five years. A new dryer is a big purchase to make every three years! It’s best to have it properly maintained so it lasts.
Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service has experienced and trained technicians who can clean your dryer vents and keep your dryer working for you. Call us today or request an appointment online.