DRYER DUCT CLEANING
Dryer vent cleaning may seem like a tedious task, but a clean dryer vent can save you money and keep you safe.
A dryer vent clogged with lint can cut the efficiency of your dryer by as much as half. A dirty vent increases the strain on your dryer’s motor and hardware, reducing the effective life of a costly appliance. A lint-clogged dryer vent combines hot air with a combustible fuel-a recipe for disaster that leads to an estimated 15,000 fires per year according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips
As a homeowner task, dryer vent cleaning is pretty simple. Keep these tips in mind to keep a simple job from getting complicated:
Love the vent tubing. Avoid bending, tearing or putting holes in the dryer vent tubing. Damaged tubing will need to be replaced-and that’s the opposite of saving money.
Leave things as you found them. Make sure that all clamps are re-secured properly to avoid leaks. Also, take care not to pinch the dryer vent material when you put the dryer back in place.
Protect your hands. Metal dryer vent ducts can have sharp edges and, potentially, screws or other fasteners projecting inside. Take care when reaching into tubes and ductwork-consider wearing gloves as extra protection.