6 Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

6 Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

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How do you know if your dryer vent needs to be cleaned? In this article we look at the top 6 signs that you should call Dryer Vent Cleaning Monster. Dryer vent cleaning is an often overlooked and messy task, but did you know that forgetting about it or putting it off can have serious consequences?

Most people know that you need to clean out the lint trap of the clothes dryer after each load, but did you know there is more to maintaining your dryer for safety and efficiency?

Dryer vent cleaning monster infographic on the 6 major signs you need dryer vent cleaning

Experts recommend complete dryer vent cleaning annually at a minimum. 

It is easy to forget about such a mundane, dirty task, but,  forgetting to schedule your annual dryer vent cleaning can not only cause damage to your clothes, shorten your clothes dryer’s life but it can also majorly put your dryer at high risk for a dryer fire!

Let’s look at the 6 major signs that it is time to schedule your annual dryer vent cleaning with Dryer Vent Cleaning Monster.

1.Your dryer overheats

The first sign that your dryer may be clogged with lint and debris is that it’s frequently overheating. This might make the top of your dryer feel extra hot along with the clothing when you remove them from the dryer.

This is one of the more significant signs, as there is the risk of your clothes burning. If this is the case, you’ll often also notice a burning smell coming from your dryer vent.

Plus, if the room your drying vent is inside of is hot & humid, it could also be caused by your vents becoming clogged. This is dangerous as it could cause carbon monoxide to build up in the air which is toxic.

2.Clothes Take Several Cycles To Dry

If your clothes are taking several cycles to dry, there is an extremely high chance of your dryer vent needing to be cleaned.

The reason being, the air is simply being blocked which is causing your clothes to need more cycles.

This is also one of the consequences of not cleaning your dryer which leads us to our next point.

3. Your Utility Bill is Higher than normal

As mentioned above, several cycles to clean clothes is caused by blocked air vents.

And the obvious result of more cycles is a higher utility bill. Quite often, you’ll notice after hiring someone to clean your drying vents that it pays for itself. This will be shown in your utility bill, and the time it takes to dry your clothes.

4. Your clothes smell like mold or mildew

Nobody likes smelly clothes. That’s the main reason we wash them in the first place, other than visual marks.

If you are often noticing that your dryer is giving your clothes a funny smell, then it probably needs to be cleaned. Otherwise, it somewhat defeats the point of washing your clothes, right? 

5. You haven’t had your Dryer Vent Cleaned In a Year

Has it really been that long?

If it has, then it’s time to clean your drying vent.

No drying vent model can comfortably withstand one year of lint built up. If you leave it longer than a year, you will notice all of the signs on this list frequently. Plus, you would also be risking your clothes being damaged.

6. Lint is starting to build up around your dryer inside and outside the vent flap

Your dryer vent needs the outside opening to allow the air to exit your home. If you are noticing that this outside opening has lint coming from it, it’s a sign that it is blocking the airflow.

Again, this could lead to carbon monoxide building up which is quite dangerous as we mentioned earlier. Additionally, this also leads to point #1 of your dryer vent overheating.

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As you have seen throughout this article, the signs are all somewhat connected to each other. They all worsen each other and can quickly lead to consequences such as damaged clothes.

If you have been noticing any of these signs feel free to get into contact us today. We’ll be happy to help.

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Signs You Need To Clean Your Dryer Vent: FAQ

Lastly, we also wanted to cover some frequently asked questions about your dryer vent.

How often do you need to clean out your dryer vent?

At least once per year. Leaving it for over a year allows for dangerous amounts of lint to build up which can lead to significant consequences.

How much does it cost to have your dryer vent cleaned?

Our prices range from $90 to $450. The price usually depends on your model and what needs to be done.

What happens if you don’t clean your dryer vent?

If you don’t clean your dryer vent, you risk damaging your clothes. Additionally, it can lead to home fires if a fire would set off. For this reason, it’s recommended to not take any risks.

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