Have you noticed when drying your clothes it takes the dryer longer to dry them than it used to? Don’t go and replace your dryer just yet. Call us. The Fireplace Doctor can come out and perform an inspection of your dryer’s ventilation system. You might just need to have you dryer’s vents cleaned out properly or the dryer vent installation redone. Cleaning dryer vents is a service that is often overlooked by many homeowner but can go a long way to improving you energy consumption and decrease your risk of a costly fire. Cleaning out the lint filter isn’t enough. In reality, the dryer vent duct is where lint really builds up and gets clogged. Over time, lint can build up inside your dryer and vent piping, thus causing you a serious fire hazard.
Here are just a few of the basic facts you should know
- Clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually.
- Most clothes dryer fires break out in residential buildings, rather than commercial properties.
- The leading cause of clothes dryer fires is failure to clean, which can be easily prevented.
- Clothes dryers and washing machines should always be installed in a room with outside walls. Avoid placing them in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and upstairs hallways, because it increases the chances of accidents.
Knowing the best ways to get the most out of your clothes dryer, while ensuring it functions safely, and having a certified technician clean and inspect it regularly can make all the difference when it comes to preventing accidents and future damages.
Having Your Dryer Vents De-Linted And Cleaned Regularly Is Crucial, Because Of The Following Reasons
- It reduces the chance of a dryer vent fire. Not all lint is caught in the trap during the dryer’s cycles; the excess lint builds up inside the vents over time. The build ups will eventually restrict the air flow inside the vents, leading to an excess of heat and sometimes even a fire. The larger the lint build up in the lint trap and the vents, the more your dryer is at risk of a fire.
- It makes for more efficient use out of your dryer. As exhaust vents become clogged, the air won’t be able to flow freely through the system, and the dryer will take longer to dry a load of clothes. Longer drying times add unnecessary stress to your appliance and cause your electricity bills to increase each month.
By regularly cleaning your dryer vents, you’ll be able to ensure that they remain unobstructed so that your appliance will operate as efficiently as possible. Clothes dryers are among the most expensive appliances in households. The longer it runs, the more money it costs you, so you should avoid having to dry one load several times.
Another important part to have inspected is the connectors between the wall and the dryer. It’s crucial to your family’s safety to ensure the trapped lint isn’t making its way into the utility area of your home. Lint that gets inside your home’s utility area poses the threat of causing carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious condition that can cause death in high enough levels. During routine inspections, it’s important for the technician to check every part of the dryer, including the end and outside connections. Animals often build nests in the opening of the outside connections, which in turn will restrict the air flow from the dryer. Obstructions can be prevented by installing a dryer vent cover on the connections.
How To Keep Your Family And Home Safe
- Don’t take matters into your own hands when it comes to dryers and washing machines; always consult a professional for your servicing needs.
- A lint trap should be in place while the dryer is running to protect the vent system from build ups. The most effective lint filters are cleaned before the dryer is operated and after each cycle is through. The drum should be cleared of any lint build ups.
- Rigid or flexible metal venting materials should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
- A dryer can only function well if the air exhaust pipe remains free of obstructions and the outdoor vent flap is open.
- Cleaning your vent pipes at least once a year can prevent lint from accumulating inside and causing extensive problems.
- Keep your dryer functioning efficiently and safely by having it serviced regularly. Hire a trained dryer technician to check the gas line and connections on your gas dryer to make sure there aren’t any leaks.
- It’s important for the right plug and outlet to be used in connection with the appliance so that it can operate correctly.
- Never leave a dryer in use when you aren’t home or when you’re asleep.
- Another fire hazard is created when you dry clothes that have come into contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil or alcohol.
- Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing.
The Following Factors Can Cause Lint To Collect In Your Dryer’s Exhaust Duct
1. Malfunctioning Duct Run
Rather than building laundry rooms near exterior walls, modern construction trends place them in non-traditional locations that aren’t as effective. Longer duct runs and more elbow fittings are necessary when a dryer is located farther away from an outside wall, which creates more chances of hazards.
2. Animal Nests Obstructing The Dryer Vent
The exterior termination hood connected to your dryer’s exhaust vent system is often the chosen spot for birds and small rodents looking for an escape from the outdoors. The nests create obstructions in the pipes, restricting air flow and preventing the dryer’s vent system from drafting efficiently.
3. Kinks Or Blockages In Flex Hoses
A dryer in use sometimes shifts from the vibrations, and these movements will often cause the appliance to damage the flex hose connected to its back. The partial blockage created in kinked transition hoses prevents the dryer from venting air as efficiently as possible.
4. Vent Hoods That Aren’t Dryer-Specific
In order to draft efficiently, dryers need the right kind of vent hood. If the wrong type is installed, it could create problems. Have a professional perform an inspection even if the vent hood on your dryer is the right kind, because they are susceptible to build ups.
5. Condensation Within The Conduit Duct
Attics or crawl spaces that aren’t insulated can allow condensation to grow in pipes if they are run through them; always choose an insulated area to run your dryer’s vent system through. The moisture will attract lint, which will attach easier to the duct walls and form a major obstruction.
Preventative Measures Are Key
To help monitor the back pressure levels in your dryer’s exhaust system, LintAlert is the best option. It features an LED display that will warn you when the levels are unsafe. It’s normal for pressure levels to increase over time from regular dryer use.
LintAlert uses a reliable, digital pressure sensor to ensure the best performance possible. The device also features an integrated circuit that can be programmed to monitor when your dryer is in use. When the pressure reaches an unsafe level, the alarm state will activate, indicating maintenance is required. A buzzer sound, LED light and flashing blue logo capture your attention easily so that you know a problem exists. You don’t have to wait on an alarm to tell you there’s a problem, though. An LED Blockage Indicator is also installed to inform you of the pressure build ups as they develop over time.
A steady blue light represents normal function, and anything else that is displayed means something isn’t working right. Our technician will install LintAlert and a tap fitting behind the appliance, to be connected to the transition hose. SmartTap is the pressure differential switch that makes it possible for LintAlert to warn your when your dryer experiences unsafe pressure levels.
SmartTap includes a pass-through terminal that can carry up to 15 amps to account for the lack of electrical outlets in most laundry rooms.
Every technician at The Fireplace Doctor is certified and trained by the Allstar Chimney Academy to meet your dryer service needs. Our technicians are taught the various codes and standards required for your dryer to function safely.
If you are in need of dryer vent service, schedule your dryer vent company today at 888-565-0124 or email us!