What is the average cost of dryer vent cleaning?
- Post by Clean Air Duct Cleaning
- February 27, 2020
Professional dryer vent cleaning costs between $80 and $450 nationally. A properly functioning dryer vent prevents lint buildup and speeds up clothes drying. In many residential properties, the clothing dryer is a common appliance and is used on a regular basis.
The vent of the dryer gathers broken down linen, hair, and debris, that accumulate when the clothing tumbles around the machine. That’s why the dryer lint trap should be emptied after each load. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the habit of doing this, causing the lint to build up inside and clog the dryer vent.
The cost may increase if you require additional services, such as rodent removal, or additional supplies are needed. Depending on the design type, of dryer vent you have and its current condition, can also affect the amount of exhaust and frequency of clogs.
To prevent accidents and to ensure the safety of your family, it is imperative to have the dryer vent cleaned if any of the following signs shows:
Rather than contacting a handyman or someone who doesn’t specialize in dryer vent cleaning, it is worth getting in touch with a licensed contractor. Finding a licensed contractor that specializes in sheet metal duct work or HVAC ductwork is a much safer choice. Contractors are required to have proper insurance, training, and experience to become and maintain their license. All of the regulations and costs associated with being an active licensed contractor is the reason the prices are normally higher than a handyman who doesn’t have the same amount of overhead costs.
A truck mounted compressor and a pneumatic dryer vent cleaning tool that blows directional air to peel the lint off the inside walls of the dryer vent. The most well-known method of cleaning out a dryer vent is to use a brush made for this purpose attached to a drill. The rotating brush is inserted into the vent where it is rotated by the drill which removes built up lint causing the blockage. We do NOT recommend using a leaf blower to try and force the blockage out of either end of the dryer vent, this may result in a serious blockage.
The US Fire Administration recommends that dryer vents be cleaned at least once a year, or more frequently as needed.
In many dryers the lint trap can be pulled from the dryer, remove the lint from the surface by pulling it free by hand.
You can purchase a brush to brush clean the area where the lint trap is inserted to avoid buildup in the area. We recommend calling a professional to clean the inside of the dryer.
When the dryer vent is clogged or not exhausting properly, the moist hot air cannot escape, causing the clothes to stay damp requiring more heat to try and dry the moisture from the air.
Bad odors can be eliminated by properly cleaning the dryer vent and fogging the duct work to kill any microbial growth that may exist.
Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners and business owners do not realize the importance of keeping their dryer vents clean. Here are a few reasons why home and business dryer vents should be cleaned annually:
A fully clogged vent can be the result of excess buildup of lint, dirt, and debris, but can also be caused due to obstruction such as dryer sheets or rodent nests. Wet lint or water leaking from the dryer vent adapter is a sign of a complete blockage of the dryer vent. Disconnected and/or broken ducts, or a clogged hose can cause condensation to build on walls and items inside the laundry room, we recommend that the adapter is replaced. If you notice any of the above mentioned we highly recommend contacting a dryer vent cleaning company.