Dryer Exhaust Vent Cleaning

Check your local codes – Many state and local municipalities have placed requirements on new and remodeling projects to include all metal dryer venting.

Important Tips:

bullet Do not store your fire extinguisher on top or around your clothes dryer! You will NOT be able to get to the fire extinguisher in the event of a fire if it is stored on top of or around your clothes dryer.
bullet Most dryer exhaust venting requires a regular maintenance program normally every 2 to 3 years. It is also important to have your dryer taken apart and serviced by a qualified experienced technician.
bullet Never leave the house with the dryer running.
bullet Never go to bed with the dryer running.
bullet Do not use a stocking over the end of a gas dryer’s connector hose risking carbon monoxide poisoning.
bullet Contact a dryer vent exhaust professional if the dryer feels hot to the touch and is not drying the clothes in one cycle.

Some Warning Signs

bullet Are your clothes taking longer to dry?
bullet Does the dryer seem to get hotter to the touch than it used to?
bullet Are you noticing a burning smell when the dryer is on?
bullet Is there condensation (moisture) buildup on the inside of the dryer door?

 

It’s usually the dryer exhaust vent being restricted that is causing the clothes not to dry in one cycle.

Any of these conditions will cause the dryer to run inefficiently. Many times, there are more than one condition exists in the same system.

This not only results in higher energy costs and your dryer wearing out faster, and also does put you at considerably greater risk of a dryer fire.

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How Much Does A Clogged Dryer Cost You?

A typical clothes dryer uses 900 Kwh per year @ 8.3 cents per Kwh,which equals to
$74.70 per year
If your clothes take 2 cycles to dry, your energy cost “doubles” to
$149.40 per year
If your clothes take 3 cycles to dry, your energy cost “triples” to
$224.10 per year
 

Money Saved In Energy Use Can Pay For The Cost Of A Cleaning!

“Appliances account for about 20% of your household’s energy consumption with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list.” *

* Quote and Chart from U.S. Department of Energy Web Site

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What Causes Dryer Fires?

Lack of maintenance is the major factor contributing to fires, but poor installation and/or the use of improper vent material also play a role. A dryer’s lint filter catches only a fraction of the lint produced in the drying process, although some are better than others. Over time, the lint accumulates throughout the dryer and the vent system, reducing airflow, which causes the dryer to operate at elevated temperatures, thereby increasing the chance of something malfunctioning and/or the lint catching on fire. Dryer fires usually start beneath or inside the appliance. The draft from the dryer then forces the fire into the exhaust vent and, in many cases, causes a house fire. The probability of the fire spreading greatly increases with the use of plastic or Mylar (foil) vents, with plastic being the most hazardous.

According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission research, a 75% blocked dryer exhaust vent elevates the exhaust air temperature of the average electric dryer 89% more than its normal operating temperature with an unblocked vent.

Not everyone realizes the hazards presented by the clothes dryer exhaust system. All too often, dryer exhausts vents are not given due respect. They receive little to no consideration in the design stage, are often installed haphazardly, and are seldom maintained. Once installed, the vents are rarely given another thought. Current lax attitudes about dryer exhaust vents need to change!

These are just a few photos of what I have found out in the field. It’s amazing what we find out in client’s homes. Some are so lucky they don’t have a home fire and/or worse yet, loss of life.

 

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