Dryer vent cleaning is importance maintenance. Dryer vent cleaning prevents dryer fires and increases dryer efficiency. Dryer vent cleaning prevents appliance breakdown and promotes maximum dryer performance.
If you have a gas powered clothes dryer in your home, regular dryer vent cleaning can make a difference between life and death. Gas appliances cost less to operate, but they come with a number of responsibilities to make sure they are being safely used in your home.
Gas dryers, like gas furnaces and gas water heaters, must be properly vented in order to release gas by-products, including carbon monoxide, from your home. Cleaning dryer ducts to remove lint build-up allows carbon monoxide to flow freely from your home along with the heat and moisture from your laundry. When lint is allowed to accumulate and clog the dryer vent system, your dryer works harder to expel the hot air and the levels of carbon monoxide may increase in your home. Too much carbon monoxide can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning which at its worst can lead to death.
Some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
Feeling faint and tired
Many people who experience these symptoms don’t realize it until it's too late. They attribute their symptoms to some other reason. With carbon monoxide, you may not even smell the fuel leak as it takes over your home.
What if you are feeling the symptoms?
Once you have the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, even if you aren't sure of the cause, you should get some fresh air and turn off the appliances. Walk outside for a little while and see if you feel better. If you do, you should open up all the windows and doors and air out your house for some time after the appliances are turned off.
It is likely other members of your family are feeling the same types of symptoms as you are. If your symptoms are severe, you should go to the hospital and report that you believe you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The best way to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning is to prevent it in the first place. Like the furnace, which most people have serviced regularly, a clothes dryer should also have periodic professional inspection, cleaning and maintenance. A professional will perform a thorough inspection and make necessary corrections to be sure your dryer vent system is safe and your dryer operates efficiently.Learn more at www.fixmyvent.com
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One more reason why dryer vent maintenance is very important: I received a phone call this morning to inspect a dryer vent at an apartment complex that had caught on fire last night. The dryer vent was installed correctly but it had never been cleaned before.
The dryer then overheated because it had to work extra hard to dry the laundry. A small piece of lint inside the dryer vent line ignited and traveled upwards; which caused the lint filled vent line to ignite.
Fortunately the fire department was able to extinguish the fire before further damage to the building could be done. This fire could have been a horrible disaster if the fire had caught the unit on fire and then traveled to the other 7 units in the building. This could have all been avoided simply by getting the dryer vent exhaust line cleaned.
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Q: Do I really need to worry about getting my dryer vents cleaned?A: Yes. One of the leading causes of house fires is the dryer. Between the years 2002-2004, an annual average of 12,700 clothes dryer fires occurred in homes causing over $88 million in property loss each year.Q: How often should I have my vent cleaned?A: We recommend having your vents cleaned every year. Ask about our lifetime warranty program and our discounted annual service fees.Q: How can I tell if I should have my vents cleaned?A: Increased drying times are one of the best indicators of a dirty or clogged vent. If it takes more than one cycle to dry a load of clothes, especially jeans and towels, cleaning is most likely in order.Q: Are these plastic dryer-to-wall vent extensions safe to use?A: No. Consider having one of our trained professionals install a proper vent extension.Q: My laundry room is on the second floor next to the bed room. Does this matter?A: Yes. The placement of your laundry room may require longer venting lines. Long vent lines can result in the increased build-up of lint. Additionally, some newer dryers are not configured to work with these long vent lines. Our technicians can evaluate your specific venting requirements and recommend the best configuration.Q: My house is only a year old. I can wait a few more years before calling you, right?A: In our experience, it is never too early to call. Improperly installed vents are a major cause of house fires. In our experience, we've even found insufficient venting in new, upscale housing.Q: My dryer doesn't seem to dry my clothes well lately. Does this mean I need a new dryer?A: Not necessarily. Clogged vents or improperly installed vents will prevent your dryer from efficiently drying your clothes. Consider calling us before purchasing a new dryer. Many folks purchase new dryers when the problem is really the venting and the new dryer still doesn't dry the clothes.Q: I need to buy a new dryer anyway. So I don't really need to worry about having my vent cleaned, right?A: After the removal of your old dryer is a perfect time for a visit from one of our trained service professionals to inspect and clean your vent so that your new dryer can operate at maximum efficiency.Q: It looks like there is water dripping from my dryer vent. Is this normal?A: One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heating of damp clothing. This moisture is held in the warm air produced by the dryer as humidity and is normally expelled to the outdoors through the dryer's vent. If this air can not be adequately removed, poor drying will result. This moisture can also condense into pools of water in the dryer vent, eventually leaking out. Any moisture accumulation inside the dryer ducting is a sign of poor venting which should be checked.For dryer vent service go to our request service page or call 615-768-9626.