Top Ten Dryer Vent Problems

Do your clothes take a long time to dry, although your dryer gets hot, maybe too hot? The problem is NOT your dryer, it is your vent! This may seem like no big deal, but did you know that dryer vent fires are the number one cause of residential fires, ahead of Christmas tree fires and arson! If you think you may have a problem, you better check it out. Here are the top ten dryer vent problems numbered in terms of frequency and mirroring as well intensity Dryer Repair Los Angeles.

Vent clogged with lint.
Crushed transition tubing.
Vent exhaust clogged.
Vent exhaust flap stuck.
Plugged screening.
Corrugated pipe degrading.
Bad installation.
Loose or damaged ducts.
Too many turns.
Too long a vertical run.
The first five are easily handled with cleaning and replacing the transition tubing or the exhaust vent. The last five are more serious, usually requiring sections of the wall to be opened up to replace tubing in the wall, thus drywall patching and re-painting.

Here are some advantages of having your vent cleaned:

Reduce your risk of a dryer fire.
Lower your power bill.
Your dryer will last longer with less repairs.
Your clothes will dry faster with less lint left on them.
Clogged vents cause dryers to overheat.
This process pays for itself by the reduction of energy.
How do you know if your dryer vent needs cleaning? First there are the symptoms of the clothes taking too long with the overly hot dryer. Your clothes may also have a musty smell and may have an over-abundance of lint on them. To check it out, you could try to look through the exhaust vent or disconnect the dryer from the vent and if you see lint build-up, it doesn’t get any better further down the pipe.

You can clean it yourself, if it is a short run. You can take a vacuum or vent brush and clean out the first few feet of vent, but if it is a longer run, you will need specialized tools, or call a professional.

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