Clothes dryers are made to last ten years. When your dryer is half that, and working poorly, it can only mean one thing: a dryer vent problem. Many homeowners don’t realize that dryer vents must abide by fire safety codes just like any heat appliance in the home. Many dryers across the U.S. were not professionally installed and are not maintained on a regular basis. These are the dryers that have the most problems.
C-DET Knows Best
Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians know how to install, clean, and inspect dryer vents. Many homeowners don’t realize their dryer is a fire hazard. If the vent is too small in diameter, too long from the dryer to the outlet, if there are too many angles for the air to pass through, or too many transitions from duct to duct, the dryer vent will neither be efficient nor safe.
Dryer Vent Dangers
Dryer vents that are not cleaned can cause house fires. In fact, according to FEMA there are 2,900 clothes dryer fires per year, and these account for 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of these fires is failure to clean the vents, making these fires and this loss of property, life, and health 100 percent preventable with regular maintenance.
Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Help
Dryer vent fires peak in January, possibly due to the use of the dryer as “extra heat” during cold nights. It seems like nothing to turn it on and head to bed, but this is a dangerous decision. First, because the dryer shouldn’t create extra heat for your house! All the heat produced should be used to dry the clothes, and excess heat should be vented. If your dryer heats your house, there is a clogged and dangerous dryer vent.
Other signs your vent is clogged:
- A load won’t dry in one cycle. This means the efficiency has dropped and the dryer isn’t working properly to vent the moisture from the clothes.
- The lint trap Is empty or nearly empty. Your dryer vent pulls air through the unit and out the vent. If the air is not flowing properly, no vent will be left on the screen on the lint trap. This is a sign that many homeowners overlook or don’t understand.
- The dryer or clothes are extremely hot after use. The heat should be vented out, but if it’s not, the unit and the clothes in the unit will be too hot to handle right away.
- Moisture and lint cover your surfaces. Like heat, the moisture and lint from your clothes dryer should be vented. If your laundry room or home is covered in moisture or lint, it isn’t venting properly and poses a threat to your respiratory health and your home’s interior decorations.
Dryer Vent Services
At Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service, the safety of our customers is our main concern. That’s why we take dryer vent installations and maintenance seriously. We also want our customers to get the most out of their units. Routine dryer vent cleaning saves you money! You’ll spend less money in electricity running your unit, and your clothes dryer will last longer.
Have you had your dryer vent serviced this year? Schedule services now, and start the year off with savings and safety.
Call today at 919-747-1859 or schedule online.