Dryer Vent Cleaning
Clean Dryer Vents
Dryer vents are a very common system that gets overlooked by homeowners. It is easy to forget about them but the long-term effects can be damaging to your dryer and your wallet. An improperly maintained vent can cause your dryer to have to work harder to dry a load of clothing, and in some cases have to be run multiple times to fully dry a single load. This can quickly add to your electric bill as the dryer is one of the most energy consumptive appliances in the home.
Furthermore, clogged vents can cause the heating elements in the dryer to burn out and have to be replaced which can also be quite costly. Less common but equally important to think about is the fact that lint is very flammable and there is always a small risk of fire when you have a large build-up of lint accompanied by an overheating dryer. As a general rule, you should have your vent cleaned no more than every two years.
Installation & Repair
Even if you make it a point to keep your vent clean, sometimes there are other factors at play. A poorly installed dryer vent like the one below has a much greater chance of putting excess strain on your unit and not being able to vent properly. The more bends you have in the pipe the more chances you have of it becoming clogged. If you are not sure where your vent goes it is a good idea to call a professional to come inspect it and make sure it is done correctly.