Why Should I Clean My Dryer Vent

It is very easy to remember to clean out your lint trap on your dryer. It is right in your line of sight and can easily become part of your laundry routine. However, when was the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent or removed lint from inside of the machine?

Cleaning your dryer vent along with your lint trap will deliver the following benefits:

Reduces Risk of Fire

Lint is extremely flammable and lint build up in your dryer vent can present a serious fire hazard. Each year, about 15,000 homes suffer damage from fires started in dryer vents.

Shorten Dryer Times

Lint build up keeps hot, moist air from escaping quickly from the unit. This means that cloths will take longer to dry. Cleaning the dryer vents will help the dryer work efficiently and keep your laundry routine on schedule.

Lower Your Electric Bill

The longer it takes to dry your clothes, the more energy the dryer will have to use. This means cleaning the dryer vents not only saves you time, but also saves you money.

Don’t Waste Money on Needless Repairs

Clogged dryer vents make the dryer run longer it experiences more wear and tear on the system. This can lead to a dryer that needs more frequent repairs. But with clean vents the dryer can operate exactly as it was designed.

Make Your Dryer Last Longer

Increased wear and tear can also lead to the outright failure of the machine, especially if small problems are not repaired promptly. It’s best to avoid this entire scenario by keeping your dryer lint-free.

When to Call a Professional

If your dryer is located directly beside an exterior wall and has a short, straight vent path, you can probably clean your dryer vent on your own. All you need to do is either take your flexible dryer vent off the wall and clean it, or reach down from the vent outside pull the lint out.

If your dryer’s ventilation path is long, convoluted and potentially travels through an interior wall you will want to get professional help. Sears Clean is happy to help with options to clean your dryer vents, or even all your duct work, when the time comes!