Avoiding to have your dryer vent cleaned can cost you more in the long run, and may even cause a house fire!
Neglecting having a dryer vent cleaning service clean your dryer ducts can mean clogged ducts and the risk of fire. A clogged dryer vent can also lead to higher utility cost, damages to your appliance, or a costly replacement of your clothes dryer.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents House Fires
Clothes Dryers are responsible for over 15,000 household fires a year! The National Fire Protection Association suggest that you should hire a pro or do a DIY dryer vent cleaning at least once a year.
Some factors that determine how often to clean your dryer vent are based on how many people are living in the house and how often you use your dryer. If you have pets, your vents may become clogged quicker with lint and pet hair. Also, having long ductwork with lots of bends and twist may also determine a more frequent cleaning.
How does a clothes dryer fire occur?
A combination of lint build up and reduced airflow provide perfect conditions for a fire. Lint is extremely combustible material. Lint is the biggest problem, as you are probably already aware by the cleaning out of your lint trap, that your dryer produces a lot of lint, and some of that lint makes it pass your lint trap filter. When the lint that is not trapped in the lint trap is not able to be vented, do to a clogged lint vent, it will eventually build up on the heating element. And your heating element generates a spark, and now we have the right chemistry for a disaster!
When to get a dryer vent cleaning
“When the dryer vent is clogged, the heating element in the dryer will go out, the heating element is working overtime and then burns out” says a local appliance repair tech. “this is one of the most common repairs that can be avoided by having your dryer vent cleaned”
That can mean pricy appliance repair or a trip to a local retailer for a new dryer.
Dryer Vent Cleaning can lower your utility bill
Industry studies have estimated that clogged clothes dryer vents can add $18 to $25 to your monthly electric bill.
If your cloths are taking longer to dry, you may not need a new clothes dryer, it may only be a clogged dryer vent.
One also can avoid a clogged dryer vent by having a dryer vent safety alarm installed which will notify you when your dryer vent has a blockage.