Dryer Vent Cleaning

Virginia Beach Dryer Vent Cleaning

Guarding Against Potential Dryer Fires

Annual dryer vent cleaning is one of the most important services to retain to ensure that you are safe in your home. According to consumerreports.org, “$80 million in property damage is caused by clothes dryer fires, many of which are ignited by lint build-up in or around the machine.”

Dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. A surprising number of home fires originate in vents that become obstructed by lint. It is recommended to have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Many condominiums and townhomes require yearly dryer vent duct cleaning to ensure that all residents are safe in their homes.

Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs to Be Cleaned

Excessive lint build-up in your dryer and dryer venting occurs gradually, and it may not be easy to notice it right away. Still, it’s important to know what to look out for in this potentially dangerous situation.

Some indicators and warning signs that your dryer venting system needs to be cleaned include:

  • Slower dryer time or clothing that does not fully dry
  • Clothing that is hotter than usual when you remove it from the dryer
  • The outside of dryer gets very hot
  • Laundry room becomes unusually humid
  • Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room
  • Your dryer vents have not been cleaned in over a year
  • The outside exhaust vent does not open very much indicating low exhaust

Steps We Make During a Dryer Vent Cleaning Service

While these steps may seem simple on the surface, they do require a technical expertise to ensure that the process is properly completed and that those working on the dryer are not harmed.

Cleaning dryer vents entails the following for our Virginia Beach HVAC professionals:

  • Unplug the dryer — If it is a gas dryer, turn off the gas valve
  • Disconnect the duct joint closest to the dryer
  • Gently pull the dryer away from the wall
  • Disconnect the remaining sections of dryer duct
  • Clean each section of dryer duct and all the elbows
  • Make sure the exhaust discharge cap on the outside of the house is clean and free of lint
  • Reassemble dryer ducting
  • Turn on gas valve if you have a gas dryer, and plug in dryer

If the dryer ducting is not accessible from inside the home, we may clean from the outside, with all the ductwork intact, using long-shafted brushes.

Contact our Virginia Beach heating and cooling professionals at (757) 347-8549 to schedule your next dryer vent or duct cleaning service in the Virginia Beach area today!

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  • “I could not have had a better experience. The front office was super friendly when scheduling and kept me up to date on the status throughout the day. Most places give you a five hour window and you are left waiting. Not this company! They give constant updates. They also sent me a picture of my technician so I would know who would be here. My technician was amazing. He knew exactly what the problem was immediately but also went above and beyond by showing me what he was doing and explained why I had the issue and how I can fix things if it happens again in the future. He was very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. The whole company really goes above and beyond for customer service! They are also very fair priced. Would highly recommend them!” - Jenna R.
  • “Jason was so kind and smart on my electrical issue! In my personal opinion, dogs and babies may be the best judge of character in a person, and my dog who is normally pretty hyped, was really calm when Jason was there working on my electrical issue. When my baby woke up from his nap, he was all smiles to see this stranger! He was in and out in an extremely reasonable amount of time, and explained what was happening in more detail than was necessary because I was curious. I will definitely be using this company again, and will be requesting Jason!” - Krystal
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  • “From the very beginning day 1 of coming out and accessing the problem, all the guys did great. Neil J. came out first and was straight to the point, gave us the best options and did work that he didn’t have to do. His customer service exceeded above and beyond. On the day of our ac unit installation, Tony J. was prompt and on time like they said they would be. They came in, made sure things were put down in place to be safe and clean. They started the job and definitely ran into more problems than they and I expected and were quick to come up with a solution. Taylor B. and Tony J. work as a great team together and got things together right. Once it was known that we had the wrong thing, Kevin G. showed up with the correct part and worked quickly to join the team and work to get it done. Nothing was broken, the house was left in great shape and our heat was back on and up to 70 degrees within 5-10 minutes of turning it on. Tony J. helped me set up the application and get the program running on my phone. Tony, Neil, Kevin and Taylor did an amazing job! Good job, American Mechanical!” - Anonymous
  • “I contacted American Mechanical upon returning home after a year overseas and found my plumbing (among other things) to be in complete disarray. It was not an emergency but definitely a quality of life issue and they made me their first available appointment and worked within my schedule. Sean was my specialist and he assessed and fixed everything in less than a few hours. He was also extremely helpful in providing me with more information regarding the other problems going on in my home (HVAC/Electrical). I am looking forward to my next consult with American Mechanical to address these as well! In my experience it’s been hard to find honest and selfless companies who aren’t out to rip you off or take advantage of the homeowners ignorance with maintenance problems – and that is the complete opposite of what I experienced with this company. So thank you for allowing me to take a bath finally and making my transition back home less stressful.” - Anonymous
  • “Rich and Dylan did an amazing job with our plumbing issue. Professional, spot on technicians. These two gentlemen had our yard dug up, old sewage system out, new system in place with two new clean outs, sealed, tested and covered back up amazingly fast. Not only did they fix our major problems, Rich gave us some sound advice, fixed out outside faucet, and was the most professional plumber I have ever met. We couldn’t have asked for a better duo and if we ever run into a plumbing issue again American Mechanical will be the first people I call requesting Rich and Dylan for our work. Thanks again for everything and continue the great work.” - Mike P.
  • “Yesterday four gas leaks were discovered on the line to the generator. It was installed by your firm several years ago. The response by you and by Virginia Natural Gas was just fabulous! I must compliment you on your employee Chris C.. He arrived about 20 minutes after our call. He explained the situation to us in a way that two old ladies could understand, repaired the pipes and made sure we understood the situation. We were more than pleased with him and feel he should be commended. Thank you for your prompt service!!” - Carol Lee F.
  • “From job scoping to planning to installation to final testing for a new heat pump installation as part of an older home renovation without a system, the job was truly pleasing. The initial planning (Mike H.) clearly identified needs, options, and costs of a top-value unit. The installation by Tony J. and Taylor started as planned, went much quicker than expected, and caused minimal intrusion and interference for the occupants. In particular, Tony’s professional knowledge, communication skills, and truly caring attitude through numerous emergency challenges made the customer confident in the right company choice. During start-up and final testing Manny not only worked the system to peak operational performance but also intelligently answered numerous customer questions. The price was reasonable for a top-rated product suitable to the job and a truly professional team effort.” - George T.
  • “This letter of recommendation is in regards to Jason Gay of American Mechanical and the outstanding work that he did in our home on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. We appreciated that Jason gave us advance notice for his timely arrival. Throughout his time here, he was friendly and courteous, working tirelessly in a tiny bathroom. In tackling the installation of the ceiling fan, he needed to cut out a portion of the ceiling to make room for a larger size fan than what was there previously. This meant that he was dealing with very old, loose, and extremely messy insulation and plenty of dust (plus the fact that he was allergic to our cats). Yet Jason never wavered or complained, but worked steadily and efficiently in getting the job done. After installing the fan, he proceeded to replace a 40 year old light fixture with a new one. Then he put in a new GFCI outlet and replaced some switches. We were very impressed with his work and he did an exceptional job. One more reason that we were very pleased, Jason left the bathroom meticulously clean. That was a pleasant surprise and very much appreciated. In every way, Jason did remarkable work for us. We could not have been happier with his service and we would highly recommend him to others.” - Mr. & Mrs. Jennings

What Sets American Mechanical Apart

  • Emergency Services & Same Day Service Available
  • Master Licensed Contractors
  • NATE Certified Technicians
  • Clean, Uniformed, & Highly-Trained Technicians
  • We Get the Job Done Right the First Time
  • We Guarantee Professional, Quality Service and Workmanship

“My name is John, and I've always been good at fixing things. In 1994 I decided to open an honest HVAC company, and American Mechanical was born. I've been in the HVAC industry for over 40 years now, and honesty, quality and fairness are still my number one priorities. Our mission every day is to provide professional, quality service and workmanship to our customers - and that's a guarantee.”