Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning

What Is a Dryer Vent?

A dryer vent is the duct work or hose that runs from the back of your dryer, through the wall, and out to a vent located on the outside of your home. The dryer vent is often confused with the lint trap (what you clean out each time you do a load of laundry).

dryer vent inside outside

The dryer vent’s first purpose is to remove moisture from the dryer so your clothes can dry properly. The dryer vent’s second purpose is to remove hot air so the dryer doesn’t overheat. The lint trap captures about 60% of the lint. 40% of the lint goes past the lint trap into the dryer vent where it accumulates over time. The collection of lint in the dryer vent undermines your dryer’s performance and becomes a dangerous fire hazard.

When Should Your Dryer Vent Be Cleaned?

Dryer vents become problematic when they are clogged because hot air and moisture cannot be released. Many times these problems are mistakenly attributed to a malfunctioning dryer.

You should get your dryer vent cleaned if you notice the following:

  • It takes more than one cycle for your laundry to dry properly.
  • Your dryer’s exterior and your laundry are too hot to touch after the end of a cycle.
  • Your laundry has a musty odor after being dried.
  • There is an excessive amount of lint in the lint trap.
  • You notice an increase in your energy bills (about $18-$24 a month more).
  • Debris is seen on or near the vent on the outside of your house.
  • The laundry room becomes excessively hot or humid.
  • There is a burning smell coming from the dryer.

Clogged Dryer Vents Are Fire Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 15,000 fires are started by clogged dryer vents every year. Lint and other materials prevent dryer exhaust gases from escaping, creating a dangerous fire hazard. Fires caused by clogged dryer vents are especially hard to notice because they start in a confined space, as opposed to an open area. This makes it much harder for smoke detectors and sprinkler systems to be triggered in a reasonable time.

Besides improving safety, having your dryer vent cleaned improves your dryer’s efficiency and extends its lifespan. Dryer vent cleaning also reduces allergens (like mold and mildew) on your clothes and in your home.

Additional Safety Tips:

  • Limit dryer sheet usage. We recommend using liquid fabric softener instead.
  • Whenever possible, hang large laundry items (bedding, pillow cases, etc.) to line dry outside.

Why Hire Us?

There are many DIY dryer vent cleaning kits available. But these kits are no match for the tools and experience of a professional. At Rick’s Chimney Service LLC, we are very familiar with every dryer make and model. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing the job was done correctly and safely by a certified technician. We recommend you get your dryer vent inspected and cleaned once a year. This ensures that your dryer will work efficiently and safely for years to come. To schedule a cleaning, give us a call today.

Our service area includes Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven, Westport, and other towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties.