How do I know if my dryer vent needs cleaning?

1. You’re noticing an increase in drying time.
– If your dryer vent is clogged with lint, moist air stays longer in the dryer which makes it hard for your clothes to dry off. If you’re finding that your clothes just aren’t dry after a standard cycle, you probably need your dryer vent cleaned.

2. Dryer is starting to omit a burning odor.
– If you start to smell an odor from your dryer, it’s most likely dryer lint. When lint or debris accumulates in your dryer, there’s an increased risk of fire or other negative effects.

3. There is a build up of dryer lint.
– Whenever a dryer hasn’t had its ducts inspected and cleaned annually, lint can clog the dryer vents. If you see lint around the opening of the dryer, or on the vent pipe on the exterior of your home, the vent system most likely needs to be cleaned.

4. Dryer is hot on the outside.
– When the dryer is unable to exhaust air properly, the dryer will feel very hot to touch at the end of a normal cycle.

How Often Should I Have My Dryer Vent Cleaned?

We recommend that you have your dryer vent cleaned by a professional at least once a year.

The benefits of a dryer vent cleaning include decreased drying time, reduced utility bills, increase dryer efficiency, and prevents dryer fires. In addition to dryer efficiency and energy savings, a routine cleaning can also improve indoor air quality.

If a clogged dryer vent prevents proper ventilation, carbon monoxide can be released into the home. The monoxide leak could put several areas of your home at risk.

How We Do It

The dryer duct service we offer is a cleaning of the entire dryer exhaust system. This includes everything from the back of the dryer, all the way out to the terminal cap outside. Our CDET (Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician) will slide the dryer out of the way, remove the transition duct, which is the piece that connects the dryer to the main sheet metal duct in the wall. We will hand clean the transition duct piece, and then clean the entire length of the permanent sheet metal duct that leads all the way to the outside.

This cleaning is done with a combination of our high-powered HEPA vacuum and professional cleaning brushes. We will attach our HEPA vacuum to one end of the duct; when the vacuum is turned on, it will place this duct under suction. While the duct is under suction, we will feed our specialized brushes through the duct, forcing all the lint and other debris back to the vacuum connection. All the debris will be sucked out and collected in the vacuum. Our brushes will be fed throughout the entire duct, regardless of its length or number of turns.

Once all the lint and other debris has been removed, we will go outside to clean off the terminal cap, and pest guard as well. We will also make sure the terminal cap opens and closes properly. If a customer does not have a terminal cap or pest guard, or theirs is defective for some reason, one can be installed for them while we are there. Once the cleaning is complete, we reconnect the dryer, and put it back in place. The final step is to cycle the dryer to make sure it is exhausting properly before we leave. We will also provide air speed readings both before and after the cleaning, so you can see the difference a dryer vent cleaning actually makes.