When it comes to clothes dryers, one may not think there is much to maintaining it. It’s the valuable appliance that gets our laundry warm and dry in far less time than air-drying would. A person may even be on top of cleaning out the lint tray after every load; nevertheless, there may come a time when dryer vent cleaning is necessary.
The Danger of Clogged Dryer Vents
Clogged dryer vents are not to be taken lightly. The consequences of lint trapped in the dryer vent are devastating, risking a house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, and thus the lives of those living in the house. Each year, clogged dryer vents cause thousands of fires in the United States. Knowing the signs of lint stuck in this vent can save your home from massive damage.
Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning
Signs that your home needs dryer vent cleaning include several things. You may see lint coming out of the outdoor vent, which is meant to expel hot and humid air from the dryer. This is something that should never happen. Other signs include your dryer or clothes feeling hot to the touch, which means that the vent is failing to take the heat out of the chamber. Your clothes may also be taking longer than normal to dry, or there may be more lint in the lint tray than usual. Also, look for a musty smell in the dried clothing or dryer sheet.
Cost of Dryer Vent Cleaning
One of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners is how much dryer vent cleaning costs. The price in 2020 can range from $90 to over $300, but it will vary depending on what floor the vent is on, how accessible and long it is, what the duct is made from, and where you live. The higher it is from the ground and the harder it is to access, the pricier it will be.
How to Clean the Dryer Vent
If the project is easy enough for you to handle on your own, you begin cleaning out your dryer vent by first turning off the power to your dryer. After unplugging it or shutting off the gas, move the dryer out and remove the ductwork from the wall. Vacuum and brush it out; then replace. Clean out the outdoor vent in the same way. Your dryer vent should be good as new, and your clothes smell fresh once more.
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