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Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips From The Pros To Properly Maintain Your Machine

A lot of people do not know the importance of cleaning the vents of their clothes dryers. However, cleaning these ducts is very important. Not just for your clothes and the long time you are likely to spend waiting for them. Over the months and years since the inception of clothes dryers, it has been discovered that lint can accumulate in the ducts, mix up with hot air and ignite a fire hazard. Almost every year, dryer duct fires cause an estimated $35 million in damages, cause hundreds of injuries and even death. Therefore, it is important to be very observant. However, if you ever notice a burning stench in your laundry room while cleaning, it is your cue to clean up immediately rather than procrastinate.

 

How Do I Clean My Dryer Vent?

A lot of experts suggest that you clean your dryer ducts at least twice a year. The idea of doing so on your own might sound like an intimidating and difficult prospect, but there are ways to do it easily, cheaply, and relatively quickly. The idea of cleaning your ducts is aimed at maintaining airflow through your vent and you can do this by using simple things like a dryer vent cleaning kit, a vacuum or broom, and a dustpan. The steps are simple, and they include:

Find Your Vent

The first step towards cleaning your dryer vent is figuring out where it is. The vented dryer is usually connected to a short, 4-inch diameter exhaust pipe that connects to ductwork inside a wall. Hot air from your dryer is eventually pushed through this pipe and then escapes to the atmosphere through a vent on the outside wall of your home. Once your outdoor dryer exhaust vent has been identified, you should take a good look inside and look for any debris, including dust, lint, or even dead bugs. It is expected to clear out any noticeable obstructions.

Disconnect Your Dryer

After properly figuring out how your ducts work, the next step to take is unplugging your dryer. After doing that, you are supposed to remove any metal tape or clamps that attach your dryer vent pipe to its exhaust. Finally, ensure that you do not apply so much pressure when pulling the vent pipe from the wall duct so that you do not end up breaking the pipe.

Vacuum The Lint

If you have taken the above steps as instructed, you should be able to get a clear look inside your dryer vent from inside your laundry room (or nook). Next, use a vacuum cleaner or shop vacuum to clean lint from within or around the hole with the hose attachment. If your vacuum is handheld, you can repeat this process on the outside duct. Otherwise, you should put effort into clearing all the debris manually from outside.

Brush It Out

You are supposed to attach the dryer brush from your vent cleaning kit to your power drill and then insert the brush end of the rod into your duct. Push the brush as far back as you possibly can. You have to bear in mind that you might need to delicately maneuver the hose attachment depending on the route your duct decides to take. If you find it difficult to thread the brush through the entirety of your duct, or if your brush simply doesn’t extend that long, you should try to insert the brush head in the outer duct as well.

Clean Up And Reconnect 

At this point, you have probably dug out the most disgusting thing you could imagine coming out of a dryer vent. You should endeavor to use a vacuum cleaner or broom and dustpan to sweep away your new fluffy friends so that our laundry room will be clean. Then go on to plug your dryer into the outlet and reconnect your wall duct. It is important to note that if your dryer uses a soft foil-style vent to link to its wall duct, you should consider replacing it with something sturdier. A 90-degree, fire-resistant aluminum elbow will suffice as a better option as it also provides superior airflow. 

Now that you have come this far, you should consider yourself a champion. Cleaning out a dryer vent may not be glamorous work, but then you took the challenge, and for that, you deserve a victory lap and the pleasant sound of a clear vent. As a reward, consider turning on your dryer and listen as the air flows smoothly out the vent. This is the sweet sound of success: no more damp clothes, no more endless cycles. And you did it all on your own. 

 

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