Is It Time for Dryer Duct Cleaning?03/08/2014 Back To Blog
When your home dryer works only part of the lint which is produced is actually captured by the filter. The remainder goes into the ductwork/vent. The process of lint build up is slow, but will eventually cause considerable blockage.
This has a negative impact on the machine's operation and increases the risk of fire considerably. For these reasons, regular dryer vent air system cleaning is required. The question is when it is needed.
The Symptoms of Dryer Duct Blockage
It is easy to tell when dryer duct cleaning is required. The signs of blockage are quite obvious and it is easy to recognize them. You just need to know what they actually are.
The machine will have poor performance or at least not as good as usual. The clothing will take longer to dry. The time required for drying will increase slightly but noticeably after each use. At some point, some of the clothes will still be slightly moist after the drying cycle has come to an end. It is true that the problem may come from another component of the system, but your first task should be to check the vent.
You can easily tell what is going on by the extra heat produced. If cleaning a dryer vent is required, the machine gets quite hot when operating. You can easily notice this when you stand next to it. The clothes that you take out will be a lot hotter than usual as well. If the situation is really bad you may even notice a burnt smell coming from the unit.
In most cases, dryer vent repair or replacement is not required. The lint has to be removed from the duct. For this, a mechanical brush and additional tools will be required. The vent system's components have to be taken apart and reassembled again.
If you believe that the cleaning of the vent will be too difficult for you or that you will not do a good job, you should call the professionals from the dryer vent cleaning business Monrovia.