Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning:
The Risks of Neglecting Dryer Vent Cleaning:
- Clothes taking longer than usual to dry.
- The dryer is hot to touch after use.
- A burning smell coming from the dryer.
- It's been a year or more since your last vent cleaning.
DIY vs Professional Cleaning:
- Increased energy bills due to decreased dryer efficiency.
- A reduced lifespan of your dryer as it has to work harder.
- The potential for mold growth from the trapped moisture.
- Increased wear on your clothes from the higher heat and longer drying times.
While there are DIY vent cleaning kits available, it is recommended to hire a professional for a thorough cleaning. Professionals have specialized equipment and experience to remove all the lint and debris, even from hard-to-reach areas. What to Expect During a Professional Cleaning:
- Inspection of the dryer vent.
- Cleaning of the vent from both inside and outside the house.
- A test run to ensure the dryer is working properly post-cleaning.
- Clean the lint screen after every load.
- Don’t overload the dryer.
- Regularly check the outside vent for any blockages or damage.