As many people well know, a clogged dryer vent is never good. A clogged dryer vent can reduce energy efficiency, stress out the dryer, and potentially lead to a devastating house fire. To prevent major problems and a potential fire, it is important to keep your dryer vent cleaned. However, most people often forget or neglect their dryer vent. To better know when it is time to clean out the dryer vent in your home, King Ray Air Duct Cleaning will share some of the common signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned.
My Dryer is Taking Multiple Cycles to Dry
When a dryer vent is so dirty it has become clogged, the air cannot flow out of the dryer and it will trap in the hot humid air. As a result the laundry will require multiple cycles in order to dry it out completely. When you have to use two or more drying cycles, first check your lint trap and make sure it is cleaned out. If the lint trap is clean then the problem is that the dryer vent is clogged.
Dryer Smells Like it’s Burning
When running a load of laundry in the dryer, do you begin to notice a burning smell? This is a bad sign. Not only is this a sign that you dryer vent is in fact clogged, but the lint is burning. To reduce the chance of this situation turning into a bigger problem, quickly turn off the dryer. If there is no smoke or other signs that the lint has caught fire, there is no need to panic. However, if there is a lot of smoke coming from your lint vent, get out of the home and call 911. Make sure to have the dryer vent thoroughly cleaned out before using it again.
Dryer Gets Hot to the Touch
When you touch your dryer and it feels very hot, this is a sign that the dryer isn’t being ventilated and the heat is trapped inside. The trapped heat will begin to heat up the entire dryer and you can feel the heat simply by touching the dryer’s exterior surface. When the dryer feels hot you will want to have the dryer vent cleaned out.
A Lot of Lint in Dryer
When cleaning out the lint trap, and there is a lot of lint after each cycle, this could be the lint clogged in the dryer vent coming back out. Sometimes the pressure of a clogged vent will push the lint back up and get caught in the lint trap. When you have to clean out a lot of lint in between each cycle, this is a clear sign you need to have your dryer vent cleaned.
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It is important to detect signs of a clogged dryer vent. A clogged dryer can affect the dryer’s energy efficiency, its life, and of course, be a major fire hazard. When your dryer vent is clogged you never know how far the clog goes. For this reason it is best to seek a professional dryer vent cleaning service. We can reach far into the vent and ensure your dryer vent is thoroughly cleaned. For quality dryer vent and air duct cleaning services, contact King Ray Air Duct Cleaning today.