Is it necessary to clean a dryer vent?
- Post by Clean Air Duct Cleaning
- February 27, 2020
We get a lot of questions about dryer vent cleaning, when customers call our office. The main question is it necessary to clean the dryer vent? Our second most popular question people ask is if their dryer duct is only a short distance does it still need to be cleaned? Our answer is most certainly yes, even though the dryer vent is relatively short, it is best to have the dryer vent professionally cleaned and continue to clean it annually.
Lint builds collects inside of the dryer vent regardless of what you do to prevent it. Lint builds up in the lint trap, the dryer vent adapter, the dryer vent and at the bottom of the dryer itself. The lint buildup in the bottom of the dryer is more of a fire hazard than lint buildup in the dryer vent. The lint buildup in the dryer vent prevents the lint and moist hot air from being exhausted properly causing the air to blow back into the underside of the dryer itself, when this happens the lint settles and builds up on the bottom of the dryer where the electrical components of the dryer are.
We come across a lot of homes that have flexible dryer vent adapters used as the dryer vent which are prone to extreme lint buildup in the ridges. By Florida code, dryer vents shall have a smooth interior finish and shall not be connected or installed with sheet metal screws or other fasteners that will obstruct the air flow. This is why it is important to use a licensed contractor to clean your dryer vent. These professionals have the training and knowledge to ensure your dryer vent is installed properly.
If you decide on cleaning the vent yourself, always unplug the dryer from the wall outlet before doing any work. In Florida the dryer vent must exhaust to the exterior of the home through a properly installed dryer vent that is up to the Florida code. Majority of the homes in Florida exhaust on the roof through what we call a “goose neck”. The goose neck absolutely must be cleaned to ensure the damper is functioning properly and the lint buildup is removed. Being that most dryer vents exhaust on the roof it is extremely important to take every safety precaution necessary.
An advantage to having an experienced, qualified and reliable professional dryer vent cleaning company clean your system is that they have seen just about every possible situation dealing with a dryer vent. Having the experience of cleaning hundreds if not thousands of dryer vents ensures they will clean the dryer vent efficiently. This will leave you with the assurance that the job was done safely and correctly. It is a small yearly fee to pay via Global Payments a licensed dryer duct cleaning company to ensure you keep up with the maintenance of the dryer duct. Rest assure Clean Air Duct Cleaning has to trained and experienced staff to solve your dryer vent maintenance needs.