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“Dryer Vent Cleaning” Prevents Dryer Fires and Saves on Energy Costs, advises “Dryer Vent Repair” Company Clyde, New York

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Regular dryer vent cleaning makes the clothes dryer more efficient which saves you money on your energy bills.  When lint builds up in the dryer vent system, it restricts air flow and causes the dryer to work harder and use more energy to get clothes dry.   A clogged vent is also a fire hazard.  Lint is a very combustible material that can easily ignite as the dryer vent overheats from restricted air-flow.   Failure to keep the vent clean is the leading cause of dryer fires in the US.

The most common sign of a clogged dryer vent is the dryer takes more than one cycle to properly dry clothes.  People often think this is because the heat element is worn out, so they go ahead and put the clothes through 2 - 3 cycles to get them dry.  This is a waste of energy that will eventually lead to a fire.

Another source of concern in the length of the dryer vent; it should be as short as possible, with as few bends as possible.  The longer the vent, the harder the dryer will work and the greater the chances are of having a fire.  Longer vents are also more difficult to keep clean.


When laundry facilities are located on upper floors, or they are not against an outside wall, the vents are often longer and require special tools and equipment to properly clean them.  All clothes dryers, especially those with longer vents, should be professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year.  Lint isn't the only cause of clogged vents.  Birds and small animals often climb in to get warm, build a nest and make it their home. 

Another concern with gas dryers is carbon monoxide poisoning.  Everyone associates this issue with their furnace or water heater; it is also a concern with a gas dryer.  It is a law that all furnaces, water heaters and clothes dryers be vented to the outdoors.  Of these three appliances, the clothes dryer has the greatest chance of causing a fire and is often the least expensive to service.


This article was written by John Stevenson, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Upstate NY.   http://www.dryerventwizard.com which specializes in dryer vent cleaning, replacing vents made of flammable material, repairing and altering vents for residential and commercial clients.   John services Onondaga County, Baldwinsville, Liverpool, Syracuse, Manlius, Oswego County, Central Square, Fulton, Pulaski, Centerville, Cayuga County, Auburn, Yates County, Dundee, Penn Yan, Monroe County, Rochester, Fairport, Pittsburg, Scottsville, Spencerport, Wayne County, Clyde, Lyons, Newark, Wolcott, Geneva, Canandaigua and neighboring cities and communities in Upstate New York.