Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

Critical Factors to Understanding Dryer Vent Maintenance

Clothes dryer vent maintenance is a reliable method to speed up clothes drying while managing lint accumulation. Consumers’ busier lifestyles dictate today’s modern laundry rooms and a surge in demand for dryer vent cleaning.

Every year millions of laundry appliances are purchased, making proper dryer venting practices paramount. In homes and commercial sector entities, such as salons, pet grooming, medical, and rehabilitation centers, this is critical. Developments in these sectors point to the increased demand for large-capacity dryers. This illustrates the critical need for assuring their longevity through adequate venting of hot air.

The Lint King Inc. is raising awareness about how dryer vents cleaning facilitates efficient airflow and reduces the risk of a clothes dryer fire.

Critical Factors to Understanding Dryer Vent Maintenance - Clothes Dryer Vents
Critical Factors to Understanding Dryer Vent Maintenance – Clothes Dryer Vents

Dryer Vent Cleaning Company Challenges

The #1 challenge is educating homeowners on the importance of dryer vent maintenance.

Many research studies reveal that house fires caused by low dryer airflow are far more common than generally thought. They call for the implementation of stringent regulations and standards for dryers and their ductwork installation. 

The manufacturers like Samsung, GE, LG, Maytag, and others have implemented backpressure sensors. This sensor is a measure of the machine’s airflow efficiency.

Consequently, the regulatory bodies have imposed stringent policies that approve only specific dryer vent designs that improve safety.

There’s a growing demand for ventless dryers over vented alternatives in commercial use. There’s an inherent problem of lint accumulation in the dryers’ de-humidification system within the appliance. Ventless dryers also lead to overheating, longer cycle times, damage to clothing, and fire breakouts.

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Clothes Dryer Lint Trap Cleaning

How to Properly Clean a Lint Trap

First, of course, is to remove the lint trap from the clothes dryer. Then, with a dry brush, remove all the loose debris like; lint, hair, and pet fur.

Now that the lint trap is prepped, soak it in hot water for about fifteen minutes.  Then with a bristle brush, gentle work in some dishwashing soap on both sides of the screen. Let it sit and soak for about thirty minutes.

Rinse with hot water and examine the screen for any discoloration or filmy residue. Let air dry before putting it back in the clothes dryer.

Cleaning The Close Dryer Lint Trap

How to Clean a Clogged Clothes Dryer Lint Trap?
How to Clean a Clogged Clothes Dryer Lint Trap?

Regular cleaning will keep the appliance running efficiently. A clothes dry can use a lot of energy when the time to dry increases. The average cost to dry one load of laundry is $0.21. The cost can easily double or even triple because of the long drying time. This airflow restriction is often the result of a clogged vent. ( Lint, Hair, Pet-Fur)

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What a Clean Close Dryer Lint Trap Looks Like

Clothes dryer Lint Trap Cleaning
Clothes dryer Lint Trap Cleaning.

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5 Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

Paul Meyers @ The Lint King Inc.

The Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning are 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 ten years 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. This makes your machine will be less efficient over time. A clogged dryer vent pipe lowers your indoor air quality and can cause a dryer fire. Does the drying time take longer, your clothes get hot, and there’s a burning smell? Have you had it done in the past two 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 keep drying clothes effectively. If the dryer vent clogs, moist air from the drying process won’t have anywhere to go, so it’s wasted energy. This will also increase your utility bills and wears out the machine and your clothing.

Clothes Dryer Fire
Clothes Dryer Fire in Northern Illinois

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 of 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 it 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 also feel hot.

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 One Year Since the Last Dryer Vent Cleaning

Have your dryer vent transitions and ductwork cleaned and inspected annually to save energy. This will make your dryer more efficient and prevent a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

If You See Signs, You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

Hiring a professional isn’t expensive; on average it’s only $125 with an experienced technician. 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 ductwork! People accidentally 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 outside, you may need to have your dryer vent cleaned.

More frequently. If you attempted cleaning your dryer vent system and still have 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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Clothe Dryer Safety

Clothes Dryer Fire Prevention

Clothes Dryer Fire Prevention starts before the firefighters extinguished a Clothes Dryer Fire at 10:13 p.m. after responding with 26 Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg firefighters. Officials determined lint build-up in the clothes dryer venting hose and piping started the fire. Read full story

Do I need Dryer Vent Cleanout?

Northern Illinois Dryer Vent Cleaning
Northern Illinois Dryer Vent Cleaning

Professional Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning

A Dryer Vent Cleanout can help even if the vent is fairly short! If so, it’s still good to have it cleaned by a professional every year. Depending on your laundry habits and the number of people and pets residing at your home.

One aspect of our clothes dryers inspection is checking the dryers’ airways… making sure they’re as clear as possible.

Did you know lint builds up in more locations than most homeowners understand? Lint is under the lint trap, the dryer vent, and the cabinet. This is more of a fire hazard than lint in the ductwork!

DIY dryer vent cleanout often fails to remove all of the lint in the vent or clean out the dryer airways. Homeowners think that leaf blowers will get the lint out. Doing so can compact the lint into corners, making it more difficult for a professional to clean out.

Frustrated homeowners often call us after attempting to clean out tier dryer ducts, only to make it 90% or so. This is because the tools won’t reach, or the homeowner is not skilled at using the dryer vent cleaning tools.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Starting at $89 Call 847-874-4805 for Quote.

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