Cleaning Out Your Dryer Duct
Nearly all American homes have washing machines and dryers in them, and these distinctive, boxy appliances may be found on the ground level of any home or apartment. They are often taken for granted, but they are no less important for it, and neither is proper dryer duct cleaning. A dryer vent duct is vital for transmitting hot, clean air to the machine for its drying purposes, but clogs may cause some issues. A homeowner may ask “why is my dryer not drying?” A dryer heating but not drying clothes probably has some air flow problems, and a homeowner may continue to find warm, damp clothes until that clog is fixed with dryer duct cleaning. A dryer duct cleaning company may be contacted for trickier cases, such as natural gas-powered stove, but dryer duct cleaning for an electric dryer may easier and done alone. And doing this dryer duct cleaning will soon lead to properly dried clothes, just as the homeowner wants.
Problems With the Dryer
Only rarely do Americans set out clothes on clothes lines to dry them out in the sun. For the most part, Americans are now using electric or gas-powered dryers to dry out their clothes in relatively little time, and these appliances, and their washing machine counterparts, can be found in many department stores today. Modern dryers and washers may have many features and get clothes perfectly cleaned and dried out to the user’s satisfaction.
A dryer is connected to the HVAC system with a large, flexible pipe made of plastic or thin metal, and if that duct is clogged, problems may arise. What might get in there? Most often, loose lint may build up in that duct and restrict the flow of hot, clean air to the dryer, limiting it capacity to dry off clothes inside. This is why a homeowner may open their dryer to find warm but damp clothes. What is more, lint is dry and is often a fire hazard, and many home fires are caused by excess lint in the duct or elsewhere in the machine. Statistics show that some 2,900 cloths dryer fires are reported across the United States each year, and tragically, around five people are killed each year in these fires and around 100 more are badly injured. Roughly $35 million in property losses is caused by these fires. Fortunately, some simple cleaning and maintenance can prevent all of that.
Lint is not tough or compact, and it won’t stick stubbornly to dryer ducts. Removing it involves unplugging the dryer and scooting it away from the wall so that the duct can be accessed. But if the dryer is powered with natural gas instead, the homeowner should take care when scooting it so that they do not breach the gas main and allow flammable gas to get everywhere. In some cases, hiring a professional to move and tinker with a natural gas dryer is the best option.
Either way, with the dryer moved, the homeowner may now remove the dryer duct tube from the wall and access the insides. They can use a brush, flexible rods, and other simple tools to reach deep into the wall’s tube and drag out all of the lint built up inside. A homeowner may end up reaching pretty far in some cases to remove all of that lint. All of that lint can be scatted on the floor, then swept up with a simple dustpan and broom and disposed of safely. Then the tube duct may be reconnected, and the dryer can be scooted back into place.
If this still does not fix the problem, the issue may be that the dryer’s electrical components are faulty and may have broken down, and that will definitely call for a professional’s assistance. They may fix a damaged dryer, and in extreme cases, the homeowner may simply buy a new one from a local retailer and have it installed properly. This will ensure loads of fresh, dry clothes every time.