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Cleaning Your Dryer Vents can Extend the Life of Your Dryer

Posted Monday, October 17th, 2016
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Is Your Dryer Working the Way It Should in Mason?

Most of us want to plan and save to buy new appliances. Having to make a big purchase unexpectedly can be a real burden on a family, not to mention inconvenient. Although most of us are aware that a clogged dryer vent can result in a dangerous fire, did you know that it can also shorten the life of your dryer? The best way to keep your dryer working as long as should is properly cleaning the vent.

How Does a Dryer Vent Work?

Air that has passed through the dryer’s heating element is drawn through the clothes and then into the holes in the dryer door. From there it enters the space in the bottom the door and where an exhaust duct is covered by your lint screen. A fan sucks the now moist air out of this duct, and vents it outdoors. This allows more heated dry air to pass through your clothes.

Dirty Vents and Broken Dryers

Because the lint screen is not one-hundred percent effective at filtering lint, threads, and other debris, some of this ends up in the dryer vent, the exhaust duct, and the dryer hose. Eventually the obstruction begins to interfere with your dryer’s performance. You may notice that it takes longer and longer for a load of clothes to dry, or that the clothes seem dangerously heated when you take them out of the dryer. You could also notice a burning smell, or that the outside of the drying unit is too hot to touch when it runs.

How Does Dryer Vent Cleaning Extend the Life of Your Dryer?

When your dryer doesn’t vent properly, your dryer has to work extra hard to dry your clothes. This added wear and tear can lead to a breakdown. Plus, because your dryer runs longer, you waste energy. At the end of the day, between what you save on repair and energy costs, a regular dryer vent cleaning will practically pay for itself.

Keeping Vents Clear

It’s important that your dryer ducts are no smaller than four inches in diameter, and that the outdoor vent cover opens easily. You should also regularly clean your lint trap. If you want to take further steps at home, it is possible to disassemble and clean the dryer vent and hose yourself. A shop vacuum and some mechanical know-how are all it takes.

However, the best and simplest way to clean your dryer vent is to call the professionals at Modernistic. We have all the expertise and equipment to make this cumbersome chore no more difficult than dialing our number. Watch what we can do here, then contact us today, and schedule your appointment!

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