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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
will save you time and money with lower utility costs! The best way to prevent the possibility of a dryer fire harming your family is with an annual dryer vent inspection and cleaning by the professionals at The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Services.
Did you know that clothes dryer vents that go without regular cleaning, typically 1-2 years, can cost the homeowners many times the cost of a cleaning?
A properly installed metal dryer vent system will ensure maximum airflow for best dryer performance.
The Lint King is proud of its customer satisfaction record as demonstrated by the customer testimonials that we’ve received since 2005 from our dryer vent cleaning customers.
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The Lint King specializes in dryer vent cleaning and repair. Our Lint King dryer vent technicians are trained to look for all signs of airway constrictions.
We are familiar with most manufacturers’ lint traps. For example, the Fisher&Paykel dryer pictured here has a 2-part lint trap requiring special tools to clean properly.
The Lint King helps homeowners with an affordable solution to avoid a potential disaster. With annual inspection and cleaning, you can be confident that your dryer vent is operating properly.
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