Monday, December 28, 2020

When to Check the Dryer Vent Outside of Your Home

Drying your clothes should not be an all-day process when you are using a dryer. If you find yourself waiting more than an hour for your clothes to dry, then it’s time to do some investigating. There could be an issue that is inexpensive to solve and dangerous to neglect.

The first move is to check is the dryer vent, which is located on the exterior of a home. This vent is supposed to remain clear, but lint begins to build up from continual usage. This lint prevents air from escaping and can also force the dryer to use more energy. Too much lint can be hazardous and even lead to a fire. In fact, thousands of house fires are reported each year as a result of problems with a clogged dryer vent. Here are some other warning signs that let you know it’s time your dryer vent needs to be cleaned out.

•    Burning odor – The smell of something burning during the drying cycle is not normal. That burning smell is generally a result of the dryer having to work harder and that leads to overheating. It is something that should not be ignored.

•    Hot to the touch – When a dryer is working properly, it is able to release heat and moisture through its exhaust vent. However, a clogged vent will not permit the release of that air. That will cause the dryer itself to heat up, causing a potentially dangerous situation.

•    Lots of lint – After each load of clothes, you will notice lint in your dryer’s lint filter. But when you begin to notice excessive amounts of lint after every cycle, that is a sign of trouble. Lots of lint in your filter means that the outside vent has its share of lint as well.

There is a process involved for cleaning out a dryer vent. Because it can lead to a potentially dangerous situation, it is important to have this job done right. If you suspect that your dryer vent is becoming clogged with lint, it is a good idea to check it out on the outside of your home.

If you do identify a clog in your dryer vent, call the team at Plaza Appliance Service and we can send over a technician to make sure it is cleaned out right. The safety of you and your family is too important to neglect this type of maintenance.