Getting your dryer vent cleaned and inspected is vital to your home’s safety and utility bills. It is recommended that a professional HVAC technician comes out to check your dryer at least once a year to prevent fires and the need to wash your clothes multiple times. Here is why having your dryer vent checked regularly is important.
October is fire safety month, and it turns out that dryers cause over 15,000 house-fires a year making them one of the top causes of these disasters. Luckily, these are easily preventable if you take the right precautions and pay attention to the right factors. Dryers are prone to fires because of the significant amount of heat they give off combined with the lint left over from washing your clothes.
As more lint builds up the air flow into and out of the dryer decreases, giving the heat nowhere to go and effectively trapping it inside with your clothes. You can detect lint build up by taking a look at your event by yourself to see if there is any lint around the vent. You can also go outside to the vent that lets the heat escape while the dryer is running: if the flap attached to the vent is moving, then air flow is fine, but if the flap is not moving then the heat is unable to make it through the vent. Finally, act immediately if you smell something burning when your dryer is on.
If you notice either of the above warning signs, you should call an HVAC service to clean the dryer vent. Do-It-Yourself kits often run the risk of leaving the job incomplete and your home at risk.
An unclear dryer vent can also cost you more money. Clothes will often come out dry when the vent is in need of maintenance, and running the dryer multiple times for the same load will quickly make the bills pile up. Increased use and improper airflow in and out of the dryer can also wear out the parts much faster than average, meaning you need to pay for expensive repairs and replacements.
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Proper maintenance is crucial to keeping your dryer working properly and the residents of your home safe. Ask your friends and neighbors for help finding a reputable professional HVAC company to ensure the job is done correctly.