Regarding Dryer Vents

Does cleaning my dryer vent lower my energy bills?

Yes, professionally cleaned dryer vents will result in a more efficient dryer, in turn lowering the amount of energy you pay for.  Additionally, the efficiency of the dryer will reduce wear and tear on the unit itself, reducing the need for additional repair/replacement expenses.

Can I clean my dryer vent on my own?

Although it is possible for a homeowner to clean their dryer vents, it is advised to instead leave these duties up to a professional.  Most homeowners do not have the speacialized equipment to do a complete job.  A professional has specialized tools, such as video inspection equipment to give visuals on hard-to-reach areas along the dryer duct.

What are some signs of a clogged dryer vent?

If your dryer is experiencing any of the signs mentioned below, it is likely in need of a professional vent cleaning:

  • Loads of laundry are taking longer to dry.
  • Clothing is very hot and still damp upon completion of a cycle.
  • The dryer is very hot to the touch.
  • There may be no lint on the screen (i.e. the exhaust system is clogged).

What are some common causes of clogged dryer vents?

There are a myriad of different causes for a clogged dryer vent, but here are a few of the common ones:

  • Lint or debris build-up. 
  • Damaged or disconnected dryer vent.
  • Poorly planned vent routes.
  • Dryer vents that are excessive in length or number of turns.
  • Animal nesting.

What should I do if I suspect that my dryer vent is clogged?

Do not operate your dryer while you leave your premises or while sleeping (although this is good advise regardless of whether or not your dryer vent is clogged).  If you feel that the situation is severe, immediately discontinue using your clothes dryer and call a professional to determine the source of disruption.  Proceed under the advice of the professional.

Because I clean my clothes dryer lint screen faithfully, I should not be concerned about my vent being clogged- right?  

Clothes dryer lint screens capture a little over half of the lint produced by your clothes on average.  The rest of the lint goes out through your vent.  Some of it escapes to the outside, however since the air pushing it through the vent is very moist, a majority of it sticks to the vent walls.