How often should my dryer vent be cleaned?

Most of our members perform this type of service. Most dryer vents should be cleaned at least every two years or so. This depends on the length of your vent, how many twists and turns, and how often the dryer is used every week. Dryers that have short vents and little usage may be able to go longer than normal before being cleaned.

Cleaning the dryer vent can help prevent the possibility of a fire in your house or dangerous carbon monoxide gas, in the case of a gas dryer, from entering your house and, can save you money on electricity or gas cost. A clean vent pipe allows the dryer to move the proper amount air through the system taking the humidity out of the clothes, caused by the heating of burners or electric elements in your dryer thus allowing your clothes to dry quicker with less energy consumed. Take time to notice if your dryer is running longer with the same amount of clothes, it may be time to have the vent cleaned. And, with all the talk about power shortages we all must do our part and make sure all our appliances are operating at peak efficiency.

Some other ways of saving energy is to set your A/C temp at 77 or 78 degrees instead of 74, and during heating season try 68 instead of 70. You won’t notice the difference till the electric or gas bill comes. (If you need help figuring out how to spend all the money you saved give me a call… :) I try to hang clothes out on nice days to get the FREE drying provide by Mr. Sun. I figure some thing in life are free, you just have to take advantage of them…. climbing down off the soap box now……

We often see the white vinyl type vent coming out the back of 90% of dryers we service. This type of vent pipe is very highly flammable and causes dangerous fumes when burning. If the lint catches on fire while the dryer is running it can blow flames into the vent pipe catching the vinyl connector between the dryer and wall on fire. It can also blow flaming balls of lint around in the area where the dryer sits and behind the sheetrock behind the dryer which causing the fire to spread faster. Hopefully, you catch it soon enough and the Fire Dept gets there in time to keep the damage to a minimum. We can replace this old white vinyl material with the new flame resistant silver UL listed flex. The washer / dryer area is one place we recommend putting a smoke detector to give a early warning about smoke or fire in this area.

In addition, most members are equipped to completely replace an old unsafe vent system with new rigid sheet metal vents or metal flexible vents where needed in most cases. Call your local chimney sweep to see if they perform this service.