Dryer vent cleaning, is the threat real? Absolutely!
Dryer vent cleaning is not a “sales gimmick”, lint buildup at worst is a very real fire hazard, and at least will make your clothes take longer to dry and prematurely wear out your clothes dryer.
Dryer vent cleaning is not technically difficult, and on the direct vent applications (Direct vent is where the dryer vent goes directly thru an exterior wall to a flapper) can be done with a normal shop vac and some rags. If we’re already at your home performing air duct cleaning, the costs for us to clean a direct vent dryer is very minimal, and while cleaning we will clean all the lint around the vent and all around the actual clothes dryer as well, so many homeowners find the value worth it.
Longer dryer vents can be challenging, and virtually impossible with out the correct tools. There are a few methods, we prefer a steel whip with an agressive brush at the end to push thru any clogs, than a powerful vacuum to suction out the lint & debris after it is worked loose. Care must be taken not to damage the duct inside walls and other inaccessible locations.
How often should you clean your dryer vent? There is no real set time frame, although if asked to give one we would say at least annually. Your best bet to ensure your dryer vent is working properly & safely is to have your dryer vent cleaned, then walk outside with the dryer running and check the airflow at the exterior flapper location. Make a note of how strong the airflow felt. Check your airflow every other month or so, and if the airflow becomes reduced, it’s time to have your dryer vent cleaned again.
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