Imagine waking up to see that your house is on fire due to an easily preventable cause (dryer vent cleaning). Over 15,000 home fires are caused annually due to lint accumulation in dryer vents! As a homeowner, you should know the signs to look for as you dry your clothes.
First, do your clothes take longer than normal to dry in the machine? When the dryer vent is clogged, the drying cycle can double or triple in time. When this happens your dryer runs longer, putting more wear and tear on your equipment. A dryer is designed to push out the hot moist air for clothing to dry. If there is lint accumulation, your clothes will be hot and moist to the touch at the end of the drying cycle (the air will stay inside the dryer).
Second, the outside of the dryer will be extremely hot to the touch.
Thirdly, there may be a burning odor. Lint is a very flammable material and can build up in the exhaust tube, lint trap and even inside the drum casing. If you detect a burning smell, discontinue the use of your dryer and have inspected immediately!
Fourth, pay very close attention that the vent flap operates correctly. You may notice lint or debris around the dryer hose or the outside vent opening. An outside vent that does not open while the dryer is running means the air flow has been restricted due to lint accumulation.
Finally, it has been over a year since your last dryer vent inspection. Dryer vents should be inspected annually and cleaned every 12 to 18 months for single family homes. Dryer vent cleaning for condominiums and townhouses should be inspected and cleaned annually. Call American Mechanical today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning and take advantage of our special discount offers!