Signs Your Dryer Vent Is Clogged
By Doug Hetsch
August 4, 2016
Clogged Dryer Vent | Blog | All American Chimney Service
One of the most dangerous fire hazards in your home is your clothes dryer. If your dryer vent is clogged with lint and other debris, your dryer is unable to exhaust hot air. Lint is so flammable that it is recommended by the Boy Scouts of America to quickly start a campfire, so it is easy to see how the extremely hot temperatures produced by your dryer overheating can lead to the lint igniting into flames within the vent. Fortunately, there are several warning signs that can alert you to a dirty and clogged dryer vent that allow you to reduce the risk of a devastating house fire by scheduling a professional dryer vent cleaning from All American Chimney Service. We are proud to provide this important maintenance service. You can trust us to properly clean your dryer vent because we have received certifications as Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (C-DET). We have the experience and training to make sure your dryer will work safely and more efficiently. To prevent a clothes dryer fire from occurring in your home, we would like to share with you the warning signs of a clogged vent.
Your clothes are still damp after a complete drying cycle.
When the dryer vent is clogged, your dryer cannot work as effectively to exhaust. The damp air from the wet clothes is trapped inside the dryer, and this makes it difficult to fully dry a load of clothes in one cycle. After a dryer vent cleaning from All American Chimney Service, your dryer will work better than ever. You will also save money on your utilities because you will not have to run your dryer as often.
Your dryer is too hot to touch.
Not only does the inside of the dryer vent get extremely hot when your dryer overheats, but the exterior of your dryer also becomes hot to the touch. Since lint is so flammable, a hot dryer is a red flag that the vent needs a professional cleaning as soon as possible.
The lint trap only collects lint on part of the trap.
It is important to clean the lint filter before and after each load of clothes to reduce the amount of lint in your dryer, so you should be looking at the filter frequently. Lint should cover the entire filter on one side when your vent is clean. If you notice that the filter is only collecting lint on part of the filter, this means that the vent is not able to properly exhaust.
You notice a burning odor.
If you ever smell something burning when your dryer is running, you should immediately turn the dryer off and contact All American Chimney Service to schedule a dryer vent cleaning as soon as possible. Do not use your dryer until we have cleaned the vent.
Reduce your risk of a clothes dryer fire by being alert to these warning signs of a clogged vent.Contactus at All American Chimney Service to schedule an appointment for a professional dryer vent cleaning.