A clogged dryer vent may cause your dryer to dry your clothes for hours, break your dryer, and even start a house fire. After cleaning hundreds of dryer vents, I realize there are a few signs that a dryer vent may be clogged. If you see one or more of these signs, it’s important to clean the entire vent line.If you wish to learn more about this, visit Renew Exteriors.
Your clothes take longer than about forty minutes —- or multiple cycles — to dry even at high heat. This is by far the number one thing homeowners tell me when they have a blocked or very dirty vent line. If you suspect it takes longer to dry your clothes than it should, you might have a lint blockage.
Your dryer automatically shuts off before your clothes are dry. The dryer may have an internal overheat sensor. If the air flow in your dryer vent line is reduced, many dryers simply switch off when it can not handle the heat. Computers have a similar overheat safety mechanism.
In newer dryer models, a sensor turns on if it detects restricted airflow. This is a great feature that comes with new dryers but without annual maintenance, secret damage to the dryer is still possible before the light turns on.
When you look at the flapper on the outside cover, it’s clear that little or no air comes out when the dryer is on. If no air blows outside, all the heat gets trapped inside the wall somewhere. The air blowing outside should be solid, and you should be able to hear a good airflow. If the airflow is sluggish, it’s just waiting to happen.
When you remove the lint screen, you find that there is still lint inside the dryer itself which is symptomatic of an issue with a vent line. It’s a common misconception that the lint screen can collect all the lint. I’ve literally taken two lint trash bags from a single dryer vent line. It’s important to clean the lint screen before each dryer load, but this won’t solve long-term lint accumulation
Your dryer vibrates or shakes when you’re sure it’s not a mechanical issue. If you’ve been servicing your dryer recently, a rattling dryer may signal a reduced airflow, which in turn makes the dryer work harder to run.
If your laundry room feels warmer or more humid than normal, this indicates that the dryer is not adequately escaping the heat and moisture and that a vent cleaning is urgent.
When you find any of these symptoms, it is very important to schedule a dryer vent cleaning by a professional company . Companies specializing in dryer vent cleaning have industrial cables that can brush all the lint trapped on the duct wall and blow it outside. An annual dryer vent cleaning will make a noticeable difference from the amount of time it takes to dry your clothing, as well as significantly ext.