Most people do not think of dryer vent cleaning as a serious matter. Yet, as many as 15,000 fires start every year as a result of dryer lint build up. Furthermore, dryers with clogged vents waste costly energy and take longer to dry your clothes. Fortunately, keeping your dryer vent clean is easy and inexpensive.
Cleaning your dryer’s lint trap after every laundry load will reduce the risk of fire by as much as 90 percent. But dangerous and costly clogs can develop in the flexible duct between the dryer and wall, or in the duct inside the wall. In fact, clogs in these areas may actually reduce the amount of lint you find in the trap. Other signs of clogged ducts include hot laundry loads that remain wet, increased time needed to dry clothes, and increased external dryer temperature Dryer vent cleaning.
To avoid hazardous and inefficient build up, it is recommended that you clean your dryer’s ducts once a year or whenever you suspect a problem. Done properly, it is not a difficult procedure. It requires unplugging the dryer, disconnecting the exhaust tube from both the unit and the wall and cleaning out both the tube and the in-wall duct with a vacuum and a dryer brush.
If you are not handy with appliances, or are worried about properly disconnecting and reconnecting the dryer equipment, you can hire a professional service to clean your dryer vent ducts for you. Shop around and get several estimates, as the price for duct cleaning can range from $50 to more than $200, depending on what services are offered.
If you decide to clean the ducts yourself, be sure to use the correct tools. A strong vacuum cleaner such as a shop-vac will do much of the work, but you will also need to use a specialized dryer brush or auger with a flexible pole that can reach around corners within the wall. You will also likely need some attachments for your vacuum and power drill.
There are also several dryer cleaning kits on the market for today’s DIY homeowner. The kits include all the items you need for the job plus a few helpful vacuum adapters and power drill attachments. These kits are generally priced around $20 to $30.