Summer is a great time to make sure your dryer vent is clean! Most dryer vent fires happen in the winter months–particularly January–so scheduling now means your dryer vent will be ready for continued use through the winter. You should schedule regular dryer vent cleanings and protect your family from disaster.
If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably never given your dryer vent a thought after the initial installation. When the dryer begins to function poorly, it’s not your first reaction to check the dryer vent. Many assume the appliance itself is worn out. This is most often not the case. In fact, a professional dryer vent cleaning will most likely reveal a dangerous clog of lint in the vent, as well as improper installation and possibly materials.
Most of the signs of a problem with the dryer vent are overlooked or assumed as “normal”. This is why it’s so important to read through the owner’s manual and any materials given to you by the manufacturer as well as the installer. Registering your appliance online with the manufacturer will also keep you updated on news and recalls for your product. It’s vital for homeowners to educate themselves and involve professionals when a problem arises.
Signs That Indicate a Dryer Vent Problem
- The dryer heats the room where it’s installed and is hot to the touch.
The dryer vent is supposed to vent the heat, lint, and moisture from the appliance. However, the dryer itself should maintain a neutral temperature if the dryer vent is working properly. If the vent is clogged or damaged, the heat will stay in the dryer, affecting the room. This problem is often noticed during the summer months when the dryer heats the house, costing you more in utilities. It is often overlooked during the winter because it adds heat to the house.
- The laundry room and appliances are covered in condensation.
Like heat, moisture should escape through the dryer vent. If the water vapors are releasing into your home, it’s a dryer vent problem. This type of moisture can ruin walls, paint, and even cause respiratory issues for family members.
- The dryer takes more than one cycle to dry a load.
According to industry professionals, a dryer that requires more than one cycle for a moderately-sized load, and is less than three years old, has a dryer vent clog. Not only does it cost you more in utilities to keep restarting the dryer, but it also wears out your dryer two to three times faster! Dryers are designed to last ten years, but if you don’t take care of the dryer vent, you may need to buy a new appliance every three to five years! The cost to clean the dryer vent is much less than the extra utilities spent, and appliances bought during that time.
Call Us Today
At Anderson’s, we are capable and experienced servicing dryer vents, and we are trained and aware of manufacturer’s standards, and local safety codes. It’s important to us that our customers stay safe and comfortable, so we offer the best and most thorough dryer vent cleanings for your benefit. Call one of our technicians today at 717-975-3526 and schedule your dryer vent cleaning.