Dryer Vent Cleaning will Save you up to $300 per year on Utility Bills

Services for Real Estate Pros with Dryer Vent Wizard of the Greater North Bay Area

Dryer vent cleaning is the fix for most things that can go wrong with your clothes dryer.  Airflow is the most important thing your dryer needs in order to operate properly.  Think about it; the heat and moisture from your dryer drum has to go somewhere as your clothes dry.  If there is a blockage in the dryer vent system the heat and moisture are trapped in the drum or somewhere in the exhaust duct.


Professional dryer vent cleaning is the number one way to properly maintain your clothes dryer.  In addition, the lint screen should be cleaned after every load of laundry.  Fabric softeners and dryer sheets can cause a residue to build up over time; the lint screen should be cleaned with hot, soapy water every few months to prevent air-flow blockage.


Dryer Vent Cleaning


The most common problem found when a clothes dryer isn't operating properly is lint build-up in the dryer duct.  Not only is this a fire hazard; it also causes your dryer to work harder and use more energy.  A clogged dryer vent can increase your utility bills by up to $300 per year.


Many dryers have longer ducts with places that are difficult for the average homeowner to get to.  A professional has the tools required to do the job efficiently.


Inside the Dryer


Lint also builds up inside the dryer, in the slot for the removable lint filter, the vents on the back panel, around the motor, drum, pulleys and other essential parts of your dryer.  A dryer vent cleaning professional has special tools to get to all the areas where lint gets trapped.


It is important that your dryer exhaust system is properly installed and that the right materials are used.  Older systems use vinyl, plastic or flexible foil for the exhaust duct; studies have proven this to be unsafe.  A professional inspection is recommended to be sure your system is safe.


Manufacturers suggest having a professional provide dryer vent cleaning and maintenance at least once a year to be sure your dryer is operating safely and efficiently.


Dryer vent cleaning is the most important maintenance you can do for your dryer.  Poor maintenance causes the dryer to overwork putting undue stress on the motor, bearings, belts and other parts of your dryer.  Failure to properly maintain your dryer exhaust ducts will eventually result in a fire. 



Comments (4)

Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

I've had mine cleaned a few times in my last home definitely saves you from having a fire in you dryer. Also the big test is when you are drying big towels...they dry a lot quicker after they clear the lines.

Jun 29, 2009 09:51 AM
Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

good advice.  When a client recently bought a house the dryer vent stack went out the roof.  She was like how do i clean that.  I said you get a professional, but for now, I will come over with my leaf blower and stick it in the pipe behind the dryer.  it was snowing in florida for a minute, which put a smile on her face, but she was thrilled that the house she just bought for her elderly parents was safer now. 

Jun 29, 2009 09:52 AM
Sara Goss
HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate - League City, TX
Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas

Our vent pipe is really short, and it collects lint debris faster than I would expect. I can get to it from outside. Hate to see one that's never been cleaned, scary.

Jun 29, 2009 10:29 AM
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

I had no idea..that is amazing..how something so little can save so much money..

Jun 29, 2009 10:45 AM