Maintaining proper dryer vent hygiene can reduce energy bills, prevent fire hazards, and protect wildlife. Common signs to watch out for in a dryer vent system are clothes taking longer to dry, an unpleasant odor from burning clothes drying too slowly, or visible lint buildup near its opening.
Most Common Dryer Vent Issues to Look For
1. Lint Buildup
Even with regular emptying of your lint trap, some lint can still find its way into your dryer vent and duct system. Over time this build-up of lint can prevent the proper functioning of your dryer preventing you from running your machine efficiently.
Clogged dryer vents will lead to increased energy use, leading to slower clothes drying times and increasing your utility bill. To prevent this issue from arising, hiring a professional to inspect and clean out your vent can be the answer.
Clogged vents can prevent your dryer from functioning efficiently and increase fire risks. A professional can provide residential dryer vent cleaning services to remove lint build-up and ensure there are no obstructions, as well as install one with shorter, straighter lines to reduce turn counts and limit places where lint can accumulate – helping avoid issues like wet lint accumulation and decreased airflow, which could otherwise lead to overheating of your machine.
2. Failing Vent Cover
Poor installation can create numerous issues, with one of the most serious being blockage. A blocked vent may become a fire hazard while also decreasing your dryer’s efficiency; furthermore, it may even force it to stop functioning after only briefly functioning.
An excessively long vent can also be problematic, leading to overheating of the dryer and increasing energy costs. For maximum efficiency, any additional turns would increase lint build-up risk as well as further complicate things, making the system ineffective.
3. Damaged or Loose Ducts
Damaged or loose ducts pose more than just drying times as an added fire hazard; they also siphon dust particles into your filters more often, prompting more frequent filter changes. If your dryer has taken longer to dry than expected or you hear squeaking, vibrating, or rattling noises it is probably time for professional inspection and cleaning services to provide professional assessment and cleaning.
After unplugging your dryer, detach its lint tube from its wall attachment and use a vacuum to clear away any blockage or debris from its interior. Replace any foil-style vents with semi-rigid metal ones meeting current building codes to ensure proper functioning and prevent future clogs. Depending on its proximity to walls, transition tubes could potentially get compressed when being pushed against them; to prevent this happening you could replace these with 90-degree aluminum elbows or move the unit further from it.
4. Leaking Pipes
Hot air from a dryer gathers lint from tumbled clothes, which gets caught up in its path and may clog venting systems if there are turns in them. An easy way to avoid this issue is choosing a long rigid vent pipe without turns and sealing its ends with aluminum foil tape; remembering to unplug and remove it from exterior walls after each use so it can cool off before forming a vacuum seal with the house is also key for success.
Clogged dryer vents are responsible for more than 3,500 home fires annually, and can drive up utility costs due to overworking your dryer. Therefore, having your dryer vents professionally cleaned on a regular basis is strongly advised; signs that indicate this need include clothing taking longer to dry, an irritating burning smell when running the dryer, or a buildup of lint around its opening.