Cleaning Your Clothes Dryer Vent

bucket of dryer lint

As a homeowner, there are so many DIY projects that can build up over time. One task, cleaning out your clothes dryer vents, is very important for the safety of you and your family. Cleaning dryer vents is recommended once a year at a minimum. This can take less than two hours and requires beginner-level expertise. Dirty or clogged dryer vents can cause reduced dryer performance and an increased risk of fire hazards. 

Knowing when your dryer vent needs cleaning is as important as how to clean the vent itself

  • If your laundry is taking longer to dry, the dryer is hot to the touch, or a burning smell is now occurring are all signs your dryer vent may be clogged with dust and debris.

Cleaning the dryer vent is easily accomplished in a few steps

  • First, disconnect the dryer to avoid shock risk and open up the vent.
  • Next, vacuum the dryer vent and brush any debris away.
  • Finally, reconnect the dryer and check to see if the dryer is performing better after the cleaning. If you clean the vent out and the problems still persist, it is best to call a professional to clean the vents and assess your dryer’s functionality.

Avoiding build-up in the dryer vent can help with how often cleaning is necessary.

  • Keep the area around your dryer clean and free of debris that can end up in your vent.
  • Remove the lint filter before each use and clean it out fully before starting your dryer. Vacuuming the lint filter itself on a regular basis is helpful.
  • Dryer sheets leave residue behind, so it is also best to clean the link screen with warm water and soap to remove that build-up.
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