Dryer Vent Cleaning Answers to Riverbank Consumers' Questions

Dryer vent cleaning involves removing lint build-up from dryer drum and exhaust ducts leading to the dryer vent outside. Some frequently asked questions about dryer vent cleaning include;

Q: Do I really need to be concerned with dryer vent cleaning?
A: Yes! Over 15,000 clothes dryer fires occur each year; most of them are caused by failure to clean the lint build-up from the dryer vent system.

Q: How often do I need to have dryer vents cleaned?
A: Dryer vent cleaning is recommended at least once a year; more often if you have a large family and are doing more laundry than the average household.

Q: How will I know when it is time for dryer vent cleaning?
A: The most common sign of lint build-up is when your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry a load of laundry. Other signs include the dryer cabinet is hot to the touch, clothes come out with a moldy or smoky smell or the lint on the screen is moist.

Q: I have a new home and the laundry room is upstairs near the bedrooms. I assume my new system is more efficient; therefore, requiring less maintenance. A: Not true! Though newer systems may be more energy efficient, your clothes dryer requires proper air-flow just like anyone else’s. The location of your laundry room requires longer exhaust ducts; therefore, more places for lint to build up and create a problem. In fact, longer ducts means less air-flow and increased lint build-up.

Q: My old dryer does take longer to dry a load of laundry; is it possible that it is worn out and needs to be replaced?
A: Not likely; this is a sure sign of lint build-up reducing airflow. As long as your dryer is heating up and the drum is turning it is functioning normally; however, lint has built up in the dryer ducts preventing heat and moisture from escaping the drum. A new dryer will not work any better if air flow is blocked

All clothes dryers need maximum air-flow in order to work safely and efficiently. When air flow is restricted, the system overheats and put stress on the dryer motor, causing the dryer to labor and energy bills to increase. When dryer vent cleaning and maintenance is neglected, the appliance can fail to work or the system can overheat and start a fire. Lint is highly flammable, creating fuel for a rapidly spreading fire. Annual professional dryer vent cleaning is recommended to keep your clothes dryer operating safely and efficiently.

James Smith is the owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Modesto, California. James provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation, dryer vent inspections and all dryer vent services for homes and businesses while educating consumers to promote clothes dryer safety.

Dryer Vent Wizard of Modesto, California provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation, dryer vent inspections and all dryer vent services for homes and businesses in Stanislaus County, Modesto, Oakdale, Riverbank, Waterford, Ceres, Turlock, Patterson, Grayson, Hughson, Newman, Salida, Keyes, San Joaquin County, Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Lodi, Lathrup, Escalon, Ripon, and neighboring cities and communities.