Do Your Clothes Take Longer Than 30 Minutes to Dry?
If your dryer is getting warm, or hot, to the touch, then the problem is NOT your clothes dryer. Your Dryer Vent is clogged or restricted and needs to be cleaned out. This is not the lint screen that you clean after each dryer load. It is the duct pipe that runs from your laundry room, inside your walls and terminates either through the roof or a side wall.
Other symptoms to watch for are:
Have you ever heard of a clothes dryer catching fire? If not, don’t feel bad. Most people are not aware of the fire hazard found in their own laundry room…and what you don’t know can kill you.
This is because more and more new homes are being built with the washer and dryer inside the home, far from an exterior wall…which usually means a very long clothes dryer vent! Every time you dry clothes, microscopic particles of lint get past the lint screen in the dryer and deposit themselves in the long dryer vent, eventually clogging the vent. With a clogged exhaust vent, the clothes dryer has a difficult time doing its job safely!
What should I do? If it turns out that you do have one of the really long dryer vents, it is best to have it cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. With specialized tools designed specifically for dryer vent cleaning, American Chimney technicians are able to clean long vents of any configuration thoroughly, regardless of length, twists, or turns. With regular scheduled maintenance, the chances of a dryer fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are drastically reduced, and the lifespan of the dryer is prolonged. Having your clothes dryer vent cleaned regularly is your ticket to peace of mind.
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