According to BPI, on a yearly basis, clothes dryer fires account for:
- 51 deaths
- 380 injuries
- $236 million in property loss
You can help prevent these problems by keeping your vents and ducts clean. Take note of the following warning signs that could signal problems:
- Excess lint left on your clothing
- Increased drying time
- No lint to be found on your lint screen
- Abnormally hot clothes after drying
- Top of the dryer is hot to the touch
- Dryer shuts off repeatedly during drying cycle
If you have concerns or are experiencing some of these warning signs, give us a call or schedule an inspection today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Duct cleaning is important because it helps to improve air quality in your home by removing dirt, dust, allergens and other pollutants from the ductwork. Properly cleaned ducts can help reduce energy costs since they will run more efficiently and increase the lifespan of your HVAC system.
It is recommended that you have your air ducts & air handler cleaned at least every three to five years, depending on the specific conditions in your home and the amount of foot traffic in your home. If you have a couple of pets and kids in the home, annual cleaning may be necessary. Additionally, you should have the air filters changed regularly to ensure that the air quality of your home remains at an optimal level.
It is usually recommended that you get your air ducts professionally inspected annually. Signs that you may need duct cleaning can include excessive dust around the home, visible mold growth on the inside of your ductwork, dust buildup in the vents and registers, unusual odors coming from the vents or an increased number of allergy symptoms when indoors.
It is important to regularly inspect your dryer vent to make sure it is free from lint and other debris. If you find that the vent is blocked, it is a fire hazard and should be cleaned immediately.
It is recommended that a dryer vent be cleaned at least every two years, though more frequent cleanings may be necessary depending on the environment and the type of lint filter being used.
Dryer vent cleaning can take anywhere from 30
minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the job. If there are
multiple bends and twists in the vent, it can take longer. Furthermore, if lint
has built up over a long period of time, more cleaning may be required.
If your dryer is taking longer than normal to dry clothes, it may be a sign that the vent is clogged. Other signs of clogs in the vent include too much lint and heat buildup inside the dryer and around the exhaust outlet, as well as clothing not feeling fully dried after a cycle. Always remember that dryer vent fires are one of the most common reasons for home fires every year.