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The dangers of clogged clothing dryer vents

Keeping your clothes dryer running safely and efficiently depends on your care and maintenance of it. When your dryer is in use, lint from clothes and linens escapes and gets sucked into the dryer vent. Some of it is captured by the lint screen, but some of the lint gets into the vents. In the vents, the lint sticks to the vent walls.

Over time, that lint builds up and can severely restrict or completely block the dryer vents. Clogged dryer vents create several dangers for your home. Those dangers include:

  • Clothes dryer fires
  • Carbon monoxide buildup
  • Inefficient dryer operation
  • Shortened dryer lifespan

Dangers of clogged dryer vents

Clothes dryers do have heating elements that can catch fire, and clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer fires. Clogged vents prevent hot air from escaping the dryer. That hot air builds up, and the heating element begins working overtime to compensate and cause the heating element to burst into flames. 

There is more than hot air exhausts through your clothes dryer vents. If you have a gas dryer, the carbon monoxide generated by the combustion in the dryer exhausts through the dryer vents. If the vents are clogged, carbon monoxide can’t escape through the vent. Instead, it builds up within your home. If it goes unchecked, it can build up to sicken your family and there is even a risk of death.

At a minimum, clogged dryer vents prevent your dryer from operating properly and efficiently. It will take longer for you to dry each load of laundry. You’ll run your dryer multiple times, which cost you more time and money. Because clogged dryer vents cause your dryer to work overtime to compensate for inefficient exhausting, it can shorten the lifespan of it.

Keeping your home safe from the dangers of clogged dryer vents

The best way to keep your home safe from the dangers of clogged dryer vents is to prevent a buildup of lint in your dryer vents. To keep your dryer vents clear of lint and keep your dryer operating safely and efficiently, there are some things you can do.

You can clean the lint trap between each load of laundry. If the lint trap is full of lint, there is nowhere for the lint to go but into your dryer vents. You should never run your dryer without the lint trap in place. It’s also a great idea to schedule a professional dryer vent inspection and cleaning with us at least once a year. Professional dryer vent cleaning employs rotating brushes and high-powered vacuums to fully clear all the lint from your dryer vents.

Reach out to our professional for a dryer vent cleaning or inspection

You need to know the signs of clogged dryer vents. When you know the warning signs of clogged dryer vents, this gives you time to get a much-needed dryer vent cleaning before it is a major hazard. When vents are restricted, dryer cycles will take longer to dry your laundry, clothes may smell musty. You may also smell a burning smell when the dryer is running, or laundry room may become unusually warm when the dryer is operating.

If your clothes dryer is showing signs of clogged vents or if you’re overdue for a professional dryer vent cleaning, call Total Chimney Care! Our certified technicians can clean your dryer vents to keep your home safe from the dangers of clogged dryer vents!

By Steve Sobczak on June 14th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Reasons to have your dryer vents cleaned

With so many things on your home maintenance to-do list, it is easy to let tasks fall by the wayside. Clothes dryer vent cleaning is an often forgotten or put-off task, but this task is very important. Here are the key reasons to have your dryer vents cleaned by the professionals at least once a year. At Total Chimney Care, we offer this service for your family to protect your home and extend the life of your clothe dryer.

Reason No. 1: Dryer vent cleaning lowers your home’s fire risk.

clothes dryerThe biggest risk of not having your clothing dryer vents cleaned is the risk of a home fire. When you have clogged dryer vents, the dryer’s heating element can easily overheat and cause your dryer to ignite. Nearly 15,000 home fires each year are caused by clothes dryers. To lower your risk of a fire caused by a clothes dryer, the National Fire Protection Association recommends having your dryer vents cleaned and inspected by a professional at least once per year.

Reason No. 2: Clogged dryer vents pose a carbon monoxide risk.

If your clothes dryer is gas fueled, a fire isn’t the only risk posed by clogged dryer vents. Clogged dryer vents also can lead to a dangerous, or deadly buildup of carbon monoxide within your home. Gas dryers are a combustion appliance. When your dryer is at work, carbon monoxide is generated. Your dryer vents allow the carbon monoxide to safely exit your home. When clothes dryer vents are clogged, the carbon monoxide is forced back into your home. If carbon monoxide levels build up to dangerous levels within your home, it can sicken your family.

Reason No. 3: Clean dryer vents can save you time and money.

If your clothes dryer vents are clogged, your dryer won’t operate efficiently. This causes your clothes to not dry within a single dryer cycle, which means you’ll spend more time doing laundry. Therefore, you are running multiple cycles to simply dry your clothes. Those extra dryer cycles also cost money. By having your dryer vents professionally cleaned, you allow your clothes dryer to operate efficiently, which saves you time when you do laundry. It also helps to keep your energy bills low because you won’t have to run your dryer overtime.

Reason No. 4: Keeping dryer vents clean extends your dryer’s lifespan.

Dirty dryer vents can take a toll on your clothes dryer. The additional cycles that is needed to dry clothes when dryer vents are clogged means extra work for your clothes dryer. Overheating caused by clogged dryer vents can damage your dryer’s working components. Because of the toll clogged dryer vents have on the dryer, cleaning your clothing dryer vents can extend the lifespan of your clothes dryer. This helps to save you money from having to replace your dryer prematurely.

There are many reasons to have your clothing dryer vents cleaned, from keeping your home and family safe to lowering your energy bills and keeping your dryer running smoothly. If your clothing dryer vents are overdue for a cleaning, call Total Chimney Care to schedule your dryer vent cleaning at 203-874-6772 today.

By Steve Sobczak on January 30th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment