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Maintaining your dryer exhaust system will increase the efficiency of your appliance while eliminating a potential fire hazard. We will perform a thorough and comprehensive cleaning by mechanically brushing the dryer's airflow path from the interior transition duct to the exterior termination point.
Our skilled Technicians will also clean the lint screen, lint trap, moisture sensors, and the dryer's interior cabinet when accessible.
All our cleanings and maintenance are completed by Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians that work in compliance with the local approving authority, industry standards, the International Mechanical or International Residential Codes, and dryer manufacturers' recommendations.
The above list is a sampling of services we provide.
The absence of or an improperly functioning dryer vent may pose many hazards. Still, a system that has been installed correctly and per local codes, standards, and manufacturer's recommendations can provide a variety of safety and dryer performance benefits.
a. A dryer vent provides a seamless passage for hot moist air to escape from a dryer's rotating drum to an exterior termination point eliminating the risk of mold and material damage.
b. Removes clothing fragments or lint. A lint screen will only capture approximately 25% of fabric particles resulting from a wash and dry cycle's agitation and high heat. A small portion of lint finds its way into the interior dryer cabinet. Simultaneously, the remaining majority uses a transition hose from the dryer to a solid pipe to constantly remove this highly flammable substance from your home or business.
c. Gas dryers need a safe and reliable method to contain anddisplace spent fuel by-products, carbon monoxide, from a dryer's operation. A properly constructed dryer vent system will prevent carbon monoxide from leaking into your home's living space or place of business, averting harm to those who encounter this poisonous gas.
A dryer vent exhaust system starts at the appliance itself. The lint trap and screen are your first defense line for catching clothes fibers before traveling through the vent system. It would be best if you clean your lint screen after each drying cycle. If you use dryer sheets or fabric softener, periodically soak the screen in warm water and dishwashing soap solution while gently scrubbing with a soft bristle brush, then rinse and air dry.
It is also important to clean your lint trap during your annual dryer vent system cleaning or quarterly, depending on your usage and the number of pets in the household. Using a narrow vacuum attachment or ½" diameter clear plastic flexible hose taped to your vacuum hose, remove all the lint and debris from the lint trap. It is sometimes better to loosen everything with a narrow lint brush first before vacuuming.
The transition duct is usually that short flexible hose that connects the dryer to the solid vent pipe or fitting into a wall, floor, or ceiling that is routed to the outside of your home. This hose can be cleaned by either removing it entirely or left in place, disconnected from the dryer, and cleaned using a motorized brush and drill combination. It's important to carefully slide the dryer back in place without crushing the hose or deforming its diameter after cleaning. A crushed or deformed transition hose is, in many cases, the primary cause of dryer vent system failure.
It is also a good idea to clean as much of the interior dryer cabinet as possible, using a vacuum with a narrow flat attachment or a ½" diameter clear plastic hose while the transition hose is disconnected. A percentage of lint lands on top of heating elements, blower, motor assemblies, gas coils, valve, and the dryer cabinet floor during normal operation.
Although all these steps are important, most of your dryer vent cleaning will occur in the 4" diameter rigid galvanized or aluminum pipe that runs from the home's wall, ceiling, or floor to an outside termination point. It is necessary to mechanically scrub every section and fitting of the dryer vent duct network to ensure it is free from lint and other debris that may inhibit airflow. It is also critical that while agitating the duct walls, you maintain each duct's integrity and joint fitting, and stability of the entire dryer vent system.
Cleaning the termination point or vent cover itself is also especially important. This is another critical area that is found to be a typical cause for dryer vent system failure. It is common to find a screen clogged on a roof vent or cage installed over a wall-mounted termination cover. Remove and discard the roof mount vent screen; it is against code and will continue to create a hazardous condition. A cage mounted over a wall vent cover is technically against code but, in some cases, is necessary to prevent birds from entering the dryer vent system. In that situation, inspecting and cleaning the cage should be performed more frequently; each scenario is different and could require cleaning each month or quarterly.
Performing an airflow check validates and either initiates or concludes the dryer vent cleaning process. This reading is taken before and after cleaning with an anemometer that measures airflow velocity at the dryer vent termination point and is completed with the dryer operating in "Air Fluff" mode or without heat.
Safety is the most important reason for maintaining and cleaning your dryer vent. The U.S. Fire Administration states that almost 3,000 home dryer fires occur annually, causing 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of dryer fires is not cleaning them. These are alarming statistics that have given cause for homeowners, property managers, and business owners to take notice of these hidden dangers and be vigilant about embracing preventative measures. Experts recommend getting your dryer vent cleaned every 1-3 years to reduce the risk of a clothes dryer fire and should be performed by a certified professional to ensure a comprehensive cleaning.
Cleaning dryer exhaust systems have become a vital service for homeowners. They have become increasingly important as designers and builders relocate dryers from the basement and on exterior walls to more convenient locations throughout the house. The problem is when you extend a dryer vent in length or incorporate too many turns; you reduce the efficiency of the draft necessary to operate your dryer vent system safely. When you couple these design flaws with inappropriate materials and improper installation methods, you create a potentially hazardous condition leading to a fire.
Considering these growing changes and the desire for convenience, there is an unprecedented demand for dryer vent system inspections and cleanings to identify and correct low-performing or inadequate dryer exhaust operations. It is important to understand that an inefficient dryer vent system will prevent lint from reaching its exterior termination point and get clogged throughout the dryer exhaust duct network. The situation worsens when airflow is severely restricted from excessive lint build-up. It either creates an over-temp environment that could prevent the dryer from working or start a fire or create extreme moisture and water build-up within the vent system.
a. The most obvious indication of a dryer vent in need of cleaning is when your dryer displays a caution light, "Check Vent," and illuminates on the user control panel (Whirlpool).Manufacturers use different terms for these indicators and are placed at various locations on the dryer console. Still, all signals alert us to a restricted dryer vent.
b. The next conspicuous clue your dryer vent needs cleaning is when a dryer requires multiple cycles to dry a single load of wet clothes that previously needed only one cycle.
c. If your dryers' thermal fuse continues to "blow" after being replaced more than once, it usually indicates you have a clogged dryer vent and needs to be cleaned.
d. Another common indicator your dryer vent needs cleaning is after a normal cycle is completed; your clothes are mostly dry but have a musty odor.
e. If you find that when your dryer is operating, your dryer vent cover louvers or flapper is not open, you may have a clogged dryer vent. A quick PRO TIP that I use to help determine if there is proper airflow is to drop a piece of lint into your lint trap while the dryer is operating and watch to see if it gets sucked into the vent or floats around the top. If it gets sucked in, your airflow is probably good; if not, there is a good chance your vent is clogged.
Throughout the industry, dryer vent cleaning pricing vary widely and are based on differing conditions:a. Size of the dryer. (single or stacked) b. How difficult it is to access the dryer. (laundry room, closet, basement) c. Last dryer vent service. (1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, beyond) d. Transition hose material. (plastic, foil, metal) e. Termination point location. (wall, roof, other) f. Type of vent cover. (small hood, louver, no-pest, other) g. Condition and material used for joints. (duct tape, heat-resistant foil) h. Material used for main duct run. (vinyl, foil, galvanized, aluminum, or stainless steel) I. Security of dryer vent system ducting and fittings.
The industry price range is typically between $100-$299 depending on the factors described above as well as the level of detail and skill of your technician. Many companies will charge a service fee to troubleshoot your problem if you decide not to have them resolve the issue. Also, keep in mind that the dryer vent system must meet code or manufacturer's recommendations before cleaning can start.
Alternatively, the Dryer Geeks pricing model is simple and affordable. We have one price regardless of the size of your dryer, your last vent service, termination point, or where your dryer is located.
We never charge a Service Fee or Trip Charge, and all our pre-cleaning inspections and diagnosis are FREE, even if we don't do the work.