Dryer Vent Cleaning Saves Lives

Dryer vent cleaning not only improves the efficiency of your dryer but can save your life as well. Every year about 2,900 dryer fires occur in the US, causing about 5 deaths and 100 injuries. To prevent the worst from happening, we at The Appliance Doctor offer dryer vent cleaning, for only $79.95. In this month’s newsletter, we answer several frequently asked questions to keep your dryer running smoothly and keep you safe. Need repairs or diagnostics? We provide expert washer and dryer repairs, contact us at 970.773.1000 or schedule an appointment online, our licensed technicians are here to help you!

Dryer Maintenance FAQs

When your dryer is properly maintained, you save money on energy while ensuring everyone’s safety. Curious about proper dryer maintenance? We’ve got answers.

How do I know when my dryer needs maintenance?

Ask yourself the following:

  • Does it take a long time to dry your clothes?
  • Is your clothing hot to the touch when pulled from the dryer?
  • Do you smell something burning when your dryer is running?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s usually an indication that your dryer’s vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned, or that another part needs to be repaired or replaced. Call The Appliance Doctor for washer and dryer repairs at 970.773.1000.

How often should a dryer vent be cleaned?

Dryer vents should be cleaned at least once a year. A simple rule of thumb: the more people who use the dryer, the more often the dryer vent should be cleaned. For example, a large family will have more loads of laundry, so the vent will need to be cleaned more often, such as 2-3 times a year. If you have pets, also consider having the vent cleaned more than once a year.

Other than vent cleaning, how can I reduce lint buildup?

Always clean the lint filter after each use. This is by far the easiest way to reduce lint. While it may seem a no brainer, you’d be surprised how often we see dirty lint filters.

Also, be sure there is some space between the dryer and the wall. When the dryer is too close to the wall, it can’t effectively pull in and circulate air, resulting in lint buildup.

Is it normal for smoke to come out of the dryer vent?

It is normal for steam to come out of the dryer vent, as a result of hot air and moisture. However, excessive steam can indicate a dirty vent that needs to be cleaned.

Besides lint, what else may clog a dryer vent?

Snow can block the vent and inhibit airflow. After a snowfall, check the vent and clear away any snow. Also check the vent for bird nests, twigs, dirt, etc.

Any tips to make my dryer more efficient?

Here are several ways to optimize the efficiency of your dryer:

  • Always select the proper setting based on the clothes. For example, use high heat only for heavier fabrics, such as towels and bedding.
  • Don’t overload. Too many clothes within the dryer inhibits airflow, resulting in a longer drying time.
  • Don’t underload. Not enough clothes in the dryer is a waste of power. Load the dryer three-quarters full.
  • Run consecutive loads. Dry loads one after another to save on energy, as the dryer doesn’t have to warm up each time.