Your clothes dryer is an appliance you use regularly, so it’s important that it’s always in ready-to-use condition. However, no matter how new your dryer is, it will eventually cause issues, such as a clogged dryer vent.
When your clothes tumble inside the dryer, they leave lint and other remnants of fabrics inside the system. Every time you turn on the dryer, pieces of fabric can end up inside the vent. Though this is a normal occurrence for every dryer, it’s something you shouldn’t take lightly. Because as soon as the dryer vent gets heavily clogged, you’re at risk of creating a dryer fire.
How Does a Clogged Vent Cause Dryer Fires?
Once the hot air inside the dryer has extracted moisture from your clothes, it needs to be vented out. This ensures that all of your garments are completely dry and won’t emit smelly odors.
If the dryer was heavily clogged, not only will the appliance have a harder time drying your items but the vent could also overheat. Allowing the vent to overheat is a serious problem because it can ignite the accumulated lint and start a dryer fire.
Dryer fires are some of the most common causes of fire-related disasters in homes. According to the US Fire administration, 34% of the annually reported dryer fires are caused by a clogged vent. Fortunately, you can prevent this disaster from happening on your property by having your dryer professionally cleaned.
When Should You Clean Your Dryer Vent?
You don’t have to clean the vent each time you use your clothes dryer. However, there are several signs that can tell you that the vent is clogged. These include:
- Your clothes smelling musty
- Your clothes are unusually hot to the touch
- Your clothes and towels are taking a long time to dry
- The top surface of the system gets very hot when it’s in use
- Large amounts of lint and other fibers accumulate in the lint trap
If you’re looking for a company in Saint Johns, Jacksonville, and Saint Augustine, Florida that can clean your dryer, contact Griffin Home Services today. We’ve been in the home performance business for more than 30 years, so we have everything you need to keep your dryer vent clean.
We’re highly skilled and experienced to work with any dryer model. We’re also armed with the latest equipment to make sure that the procedure is completed with zero mistakes and delays. We’re on-call 24/7 so give us a call at 904-204-0360 and we will be ready to assist you.