If you’re like many homeowners, you might think that once your clothes dryer is bought, delivered, and “hooked up” it’s good to go. Many homeowners think that cleaning out the dryer vent is enough to keep their dryer going. They only assume it’s worn out when it begins to work improperly. The truth is, you can keep your family safer, your appliance can last longer, and you can save money while you’re at it by scheduling a dryer vent cleaning.
Avoid a Fire by Cleaning Your Dryer Vent
According to the United States Fire Administration, there are about 2900 clothes dryer fires each year. Thus resulting in 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. As far as we’re concerned, one clothes dryer fire is too many!
- Cleaning the lint trap is not enough to avoid a fire.
Lint is highly flammable, it is microscopic, and a great majority of it slips through the lint trap and builds up in the vent system and dryer itself.
- Professional installation is not enough to avoid a fire.
After a professional installation, your clothes dryer vent should be professionally cleaned annually.
- DIY cleaning is not enough to avoid fire.
Only the professionals have the tools required to thoroughly clean the dryer vent without damaging the vent and raising the risk of fire and particulate pollution.
It’s important to note that store delivery is not professional installation. Only a dryer exhaust technician knows the safe and proper diameter, length, and material for a safe and functional clothes dryer vent. Professionals stay abreast to industry standards as well as local safety codes.
Avoid Extra Cost by Cleaning Your Dryer Vent
Too many homeowners loose a fortune in utilities when a dryer becomes less efficient, or wears out sooner than it should. A common misconception is that it’s normal for a dryer to require more than one cycle to dry a moderately-sized load of laundry. Homeowners assume the load is too big, the clothes are too heavy, or the dryer is becoming worn. This isn’t always true. In fact, professionals say if a dryer is less than three years old, and requires more than one cycle to dry a load, the dryer vent is clogged.
More than that, it’s a waste of money! When you run the dryer twice, it wastes electricity, costing you more. If it takes two or three cycles to dry one load of clothes, the dryer’s life is shortened by half or more! This means you have to replace your clothes dryer every 3-5 years instead of the ten that it should last. When you look at the cost, of utilities, time, and replacement, it’s not worth the waste.
Homeowners also think it’s normal for the dryer to emit heat. This is another dangerous misunderstanding. The dryer vent is designed to vent heat, vapors, and lint from the system. If your dryer is heating up your house, it is clogged. Additionally, it is costing you more to cool your home! Don’t waste money or risk your safety.
Schedule Your Dryer Vent Cleaning Now
Most dryer vent fires occur during the winter months, and usually during the night. If you wouldn’t bake a casserole while you sleep, don’t run your dryer. For other tips about clothes dryer safety, click here.
Schedule your dryer vent cleaning online or by phone today. Call (219) 413-2349 now.