Dryer vent cleaning has to be regularly done in order to prevent lint build-up, thus increasing the efficiency of the appliance and reducing the risk for fire. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions regarding dryer vent cleaning.

Q: Come on. Do I really need to worry about getting my dryer vents cleaned?

A: Most definitely. Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires. The failure to properly clean vents and exhaust ducts, as well as overall improper maintenance, can lead to a devastating fire. It costs a lot less to have this done than having to replace your entire home.

Q: How often should I get my vents cleaned?

A: It is recommended that you get your dryer vents cleaned at least once every year or two. It should be done on a more regular basis than that if you have a large family or several pets, since pet hair often builds up and clogs a dryers venting system.

Q: How will I know if dryer vent cleaning is necessary?

A: If your dryer takes more than one cycle in order to thoroughly dry your clothes, that is the number one sign that your vents are obstructed and need to be cleaned.

Q: I have a newer model home and the laundry room is upstairs near the bedrooms. Im assuming that means my dryer vent is more efficient, and needs less maintenance. Is this the case?

A: Not at all. There are some advantages to these newer systems in terms of being more energy efficient, but remember: your clothes dryer needs proper airflow in order to do its job. Because your laundry room is upstairs, you need longer exhaust ducts. As a result, there are places where lint can build up and create problems. The longer the ducts, the more chances for reduced airflow and lint accumulation. You will actually need to perform maintenance on your venting system more often.

Q: My old dryer takes longer than normal to dry. Is it wearing out?

A: Probably not. You more than likely are experiencing lint build-up. If your dryer is getting hotter than normal but your clothes still arent drying sufficiently, it is probably because your vents are blocked. Heat and moisture cannot escape from the dryer drum. Have it checked immediately.