Clean the lint filter before or after each use.
- Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
- Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before or after each use. Remove accumulated lint around the drum.
- Rigid or flexible metal venting materials should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
- Make sure the air exhaust bent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
- Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
- Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
- Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
- Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.
- Never dry items that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil, gasoline, paint thinner, or alcohol.
- Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing.
These Five Conditions Promote Lint Build-Up In Your Dryers’ Exhaust Duct.
Duct Run May Be Restrictive or Excessive
New construction trends are placing laundry rooms in nontraditional areas of the house, further away from exterior walls than in the past. These locations require longer dryer duct runs and more elbow fittings in order to reach an outside wall.
Bird and Rodent Nests in the Vent Hood
In some parts of the county, birds and rodents build nests within the exterior termination hood.
Flex Hose Crushed or Kinked Excessively
The transition hose behind the dryer tends to get crushed or kinked excessively when the dryer is moved back, either inadvertently or by vibration. This kink or partial blockage drastically reduces the unit’s ability to efficiently vent the air.
Incorrect Vent Hood with Screen-Like Features
It’s not uncommon to find an exhaust termination hood or vent that is not specifically for dryer venting or that has some sort of lint catching grill or screen feature. Even so, dryer specific vent hoods require an inspection and regular cleaning, as they too get debris buildup.
Condensation within the Conduit Duct
Running the exhaust system through an uninsulated area like a crawl space or attic in cold northern regions may cause condensation within the pipe. Condensations within the pipes attract and promote accumulation of lint to the duct walls.
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