One of the biggest home fire causes is a clogged or dirty dryer vent, in case you didn’t know. Not to mention, a clogged dryer vent will increase your energy bill and the wear on your dryer’s motor. It is crucial to call for a professional dryer vent cleanout at least once a year. Here is why…
A dryer works best when the flow of hot air can escape easily through the vent in the back, taking with it the moisture. When the airflow is impeded by a clog, lint, pet hair, or grime, the appliance’s functionality is diminished. While it may have dried in record time when the dryer was new, it may take two or three cycles to dry the clothes properly. That is a significant warning sign.
Here are the signs your dryer vents are clogged:
The leading cause of dryer vent fires is the failure to clean out the dryer vent. I am not only referring to the lint trap, either. Lint trap cleaning is imperative at every cycle to keep the build-up from happening. However, even the best at keeping the trap clean with the best dryer money can buy will allow some lint to escape into the vents.
Listen to this true story:
“When I purchased my home a year ago, it came with the washer and dryer. They were kind of old, but they worked. As I ran loads, I noticed it taking two to three times to dry the load. So, I assumed the former owner had not disclosed the dryer was on its last leg. So, I went out and purchased a new set. This dryer had the same problem. Then my adult son said my dryer might be clogged. And boy, was he right. My vent was full of the former owner’s cat’s hair! Gross and a potential fire hazard.”
If you encounter any of the issues we have listed, call Gulf Coast Appliance Repair to clean the vent for you thoroughly.
In the meantime, here are a few things you can do at home to prevent a home fire started at the dryer.
Having a professional come out to clean your dryer vent in its entirety is suggested every three to six months if you cannot clean it out on your own. Once a year is recommended still, even for those who actively care for the dryer vent.
Professional Appliance repair companies like Gulf Coast have the tools a, ladders, and know how to get all the gunk, build up and debris out to keep your home safe and sound.
So make the call to get on a scheduled dryer vent cleanout as needed.Gulf Coast Appliance Repair will care for your appliances so you can care for your family.