Dryer Vent Cleaning Services in Ventura Santa Barbara & Los Angeles County
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What You Need to Know About Dryer Vent Cleaning
The main cause of dryer fires in the U.S. is the failure to clean the dryer vents. Statistics show that there are over 12,700 fires that start from clothes dryers, causing millions in property damage, injury and death. All this can be easily avoided and a clean dryer vent can boost energy efficiency, allow clothes to dry quickly and lowers utility costs.
What is dryer vent cleaning?
Dryer vent cleaning is the process of removing lint and any other material that can clog the dryer vent. Here are some things to check to see if your dryer vent needs to be cleaned:
- Your dryer takes 2 more cycles to dry your clothes, then you might have a clogged dryer vent.
- You observe that energy bills have increased without adding any external appliances, your dryer vent could be clogged, causing the dryer consume more energy.
- If your dryer vent feels hot to the touch or if there is a smell that suggests something is burning every time you run your dryer, then it could be time to get your dryer vent cleaned.
Lint also accumulates inside your dryer. A dryer vent cleaning should include opening the back panel of your dryer and inspecting the inside the dryer where lint can also build up and potentially catch fire from the dryer flame inside the dryer.
Causes of clogged dryer vent
In most cases, dryer vents tend to clog when lint accumulates in the ventilation system thus causing a blockage. There are various ways in which dryer vents can clog. First, lengthy distances on the ventilation systems increase the odds of having bends and curves in the system. Lint is more likely to collect in such areas. Secondly, most dryer ventilation tubes are usually made up of pliable plastic or foil that can easily be dented or crushed if some force or pressure is applied to it. Lastly, poorly connected dry vent screens or ventilations can cause lint to be trapped. Vent screens may be good as they may prevent animals from accessing the ventilation. However, they can as well become barriers for lint.
How is a dryer vent cleaned?
Your dryer vent is located behind your dryer. Its purpose is to channel moisture and lint out of your home. U.S law requires that all gas vents should channel to the space outside of your home. This sees to it that harmful gases such as carbon monoxide are expelled out of homes. Dryer vent cleanings can be done using different methods. Most frequently a flexible agitation tool or brush with a vacuum is used.
Why should you clean your dryer vent?
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The bottom line
It’s good to check on your dryer vent regularly and have it cleaned. To get your vent cleaned, you need to hire a reputable HVAC company. You should consult some friends and read online reviews before you choose the company that will clean your dryer.