How to Know Your Dryer Air Vent Needs Cleaned

Nobody anticipates a fire starting when they put their clothes in the dryer. However, around 2,900 fires occur each year as a result of clothes dryers.
The culprit in many of these fires is a clogged dryer air vent. When lint builds up over time, it can cause the dryer to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Fortunately, there are ways to tell it’s time for a vent cleaning. Let’s go over some common warning signs.

Your Clothes Take Longer to Dry

Do you have to run your clothes through two cycles to get them dry? This is one of the most common signs of a clogged air vent.
dryer vent works by sending hot air and moisture out of your home. Your dryer can then intake new air to continue the drying process.
However, if the vent gets clogged with lint and debris, the moist air can’t escape. This means clothes take longer to dry, which can tax your machine and cause it to overheat.

Lint is Coming Out of the Vent Opening

Your dryer vent leads to a small opening on the outside of your home. This is where hot air exits when you run your dryer.
While you’re drying a load of laundry, go outside and look at the exterior vent opening. If you see lint or other debris coming out, consider this a red flag.
What this means is that lint has started to get caught and build up in the vent. You need to have vent cleaning performed before the problem gets worse.  

A Burning Smell

If you notice a burning odor when you run your dryer, turn it off right away. There’s a good chance your air vent has become clogged.
Lint is flammable. If the vent gets clogged with lint, it can catch on fire when hot air moves through.
If you notice a burning smell, there’s a good chance some of the lint has started to burn and smoke. This is a very dangerous situation, so make sure to get your vent professionally cleaned immediately.  

Your Dryer Gets Very Hot

Another telltale sign your dryer vent needs cleaning is excess heat. The outside of your dryer will feel hot to the touch while it’s running.
You may also notice that your clothes are unusually hot at the end of the cycle. This means the air vent isn’t exhausting correctly due to a blockage.
If you notice this, stop using your dryer until the vent gets cleaned. Failing to do so could result in a fire or damage to your machine.

Get Your Dryer Air Vent Cleaned Today

If you notice any of the symptoms discussed above, it’s time to get your dryer air vent cleaned immediately. Ignoring the problem will increase the risk of fire and cause unneeded wear and tear.
If you need a professional dryer vent cleaning, Ethan’s Roof & Exterior Washing has you covered. To schedule service or request a quote, contact us today.