Clothes dryers require air flow to operate efficiently and to prevent overheating that can lead to a fire. Dryer vent cleaning promotes proper air-flow, improves the efficiency of your clothes dryer and prevents dryer fires.
Drying time increases as your dryer exhaust vents become clogged with lint and other debris. If you notice your dryer taking more time to properly dry your laundry, lint build-up is most likely the cause. As drying time increases and your dryer continues to labor the system becomes overheated because the hot air cannot escape through clogged vents. This increases energy consumption while eventually leading to a fire.
When it starts taking longer to dry your laundry, it is not due to an aging dryer; it is most likely an airflow problem. When air flow is restricted the moist heat cannot escape the dryer drum; therefore, it would make sense that the clothes would not dry. Cleaning dryer vents promotes maximum air flow.
Some dryer vents are short and straight and can easily be cleaned by the homeowner; others are quite long, depending on where your laundry room is located. Some dryers are vented through a stack on the roof; others are vented through an outside wall about two feet above the ground. Proper dryer vent installation is especially important for this type of system.
Extra long dryer ducts that make several turns may require special tools and equipment to properly clean. A professional who specializes in dryer duct cleaning will have the tools needed to do the job.
Professional dryer vent cleaning is recommended at least once a year to prevent fires, extend the life of your dryer and help save on energy costs. This said the fee for the service is well worth the savings it promotes in the long-run.
Horatio Chiorean owns and operates Dryer Vent Wizard, a dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation company who specializes in all dryer vent and dryer exhaust issues. Learn more at http://www.dryerventwizard.com