Dryer vent cleaning and repair is recommended to remove lint build-up that reduces air-flow and causes your clothes dryer to work harder. If neglected, this could lead to a dryer fire.
An old style dryer vent system or one that is improperly installed can also create a problem. The old fashioned flexible foil pipes are no longer deemed safe for use of dryer exhaust venting. One problem with this type is that it is often crushed behind the dryer, blocking the heat and moisture from escaping. Also, this type is often installed as-is, without cutting it down to size. The excess hose is left coiled up on the floor behind the dryer. The longer length and the twists and turns make your dryer work harder to expel the hot air.
The plastic or vinyl type of system creates the same problems as the flexible foil. In addition, it deteriorates and becomes brittle and cracks. Now, the air that should be vented outdoors is leaking into your home. Moisture builds up in the line and mold and mildew grow here too. If you have a gas dryer you can be concerned about carbon monoxide as well.
A proper dryer vent will be made of solid metal pipe and it will be as short and straight as possible. The inside should be smooth; pieces should be joined with metal tape, not screws that protrude to the inside to catch lint.
When the dryer is venting properly, it is working more efficiently. If you notice your dryer taking more than one cycle to dry a load of laundry then it is likely that lint has built up in the dryer ducts.
A professional dryer vent cleaning and repair service can inspect your system to be sure it meets today's safety standards. Your clothes dryer is one of the most expensive to operate when it is not properly maintained; it is also one of the least expensive to keep maintained. The service fee paid for dryer vent cleaning quickly pays for itself in money saved on energy usage.
D. Benson of Dryer Vent Wizard provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation and all dryer exhaust services to make clothes dryers operate safely and efficiently. Dryer Vent Wizard has made a commitment to make 1 million clothes dryers safer and greener by the year 2010. Visit http://www.dryerventwizard.com to learn more.