5 Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

Paul Meyers @ The Lint King Inc.

The hot, humid air exiting your clothes moves from inside your dryer through the vent pipe to the outside. Restricting the airflow causes the appliance to overheat, resulting in a fire! Clothes dryers purchased in the past 10 years or so should have a maximum drum temperature of 135 degrees. Read more about clothes dryer operating temperatures.

Inside A Clothes Dryer Fire
Inside A Clothes Dryer Fire

Over time, lint builds up in the pipe and under the lint trap. Without regular dryer vent cleaning, the moisture in your home increases with each use of the clothes dryer and your machine will be less efficient over time. A clogged dryer vent pipe lowers your indoor air quality and can cause a dryer fire. If drying time takes longer, your clothes get hot, there’s a burning smell, or you haven’t had it done in the past 2 years, you should have your dryer vent cleaned soon!

Clothes Drying Takes More Than 1 Hour

Drying a load of clothing shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes, but a dryer with a clogged vent could take two or three times as long to dry the clothes. Dryer vents push hot, moist air out of dryers so they can pull in the more dry air and keep drying clothes effectively. If the dryer vent clogs, moist air from the drying process won’t have anywhere to go, so it wastes energy, increases your utility bills, and wears out the machine and your clothing.

Clothes Dryer Fire
Clothes Dryer Fire in Hoffman Estates IL.

If your clothes aren’t dry at the end of a normal drying cycle, about 45 minutes, you should have your dryer vent airways and vent checked for clogs. You’ll also notice a smell from mold or mildew growing on wet clothing.

Burning Smell

If you smell something odd when you run your dryer, it’s probably lint or plastics. Dryer lint is very flammable, and the burning smell comes from the motor, internal parts, and trapped lint. Lint is very flammable and can even catch fire. If your clothes dryer smells like it’s burning, turn off ASAP and have the appliance inspected by a professional.

Hot Dryer

When a dryer vent airflow is slow because of clogged ductwork, your appliance will feel hot and your laundry room and clothing may feel hot as well.

Lint Visible On the Outside Vent Opening

The outside vent interface is where the air from your dryer exits the home. The outside vent opening is 4 inches wide pipe. If you see lint or lawn debris around the opening you should have your dryer vent airways cleaned. When the outside vent flap doesn’t open when the dryer is running, then lint has blocked the airflow and you should have it cleaned out ASAP.

More Than 1 Year Since the Last Dryer Vent Cleaning

Have your dryer vent transitions and ductwork cleaned and inspected every year to save energy, make your dryer more efficient, and prevent a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Lint King
The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning

Hiring a professional isn’t expensive, on average only $125, and an experienced technician has the equipment for almost any home’s structure. At The Lint King Inc., we use a rotary brush with a powerful vacuum to remove debris. Be aware that with some types of home kits and you could damage your vent by accident, or get the tools stuck in the vent pipe behind walls and ceilings.

If you have a large family or your dryer is in the center of your home with a long duct or pipe to the outside, you may need to have your dryer vent cleaned

The Lint King
The Lint King

more frequently. If you attempted cleaning your dryer vent system and you’re still having slow drying times, you probably need to have your vent repaired or replaced.

The Lint King Inc. has more than 15 years of laundry room safety and energy efficiency experience. We can help with installations, maintenance, or repair.

Call us anytime at 847-874-4805 for excellent service from our trained technicians.

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