Dryer Vent Cleaning Wethersfield – Fall and Winter Home Maintenance Tips from the Wizard

Dryer vent cleaning and repair services can eliminate a serious fire hazard while increasing dryer performance and efficiency. Clean, well-maintained dryer vent systems extend the life of your clothes dryer and prevent a number of dryer related hazards.

Repair Dryer Vents – Reduce Energy Bills

Dryer vent cleaning and/or dryer vent repair are critical tasks that should be on everyone’s fall maintenance and clean-up list. When you’re outside, raking leaves, trimming back the bushes and applying winterizer to the lawn, take a look at your dryer vent.

Dryer vent repair may be necessary if the hood is cracked, surrounded by mold and moss or the caulk around it is deteriorating. This allows cold air into your home. Repairing or replacing the dryer vent and properly sealing the opening can save you money on your utility bills.

Proper dryer vent installation and dryer vent cleaning are necessary to promote maximum air flow to save energy used by the clothes dryer. An inefficient dryer vent system can cost up to an extra $300 per year in energy costs.

Clean Dryer Vents – Reduce Fire Hazard

Over 17,000 clothes dryer related fires occur each year in the U.S., resulting in serious damage or loss of homes, injuries and death to residents and pets. Failure to clean dryer vents is the most common cause, followed by improper dryer vent installation. Other hazards include storing flammable materials like card board boxes near the dryer, drying rags that were soaked in combustible chemicals, electrical problems and dryer malfunction (usually caused by air-flow restriction).

Air flow is the most important function of the clothes dryer. Without air flow, the dryer will not work. As the dryer forces hot air through tumbling laundry; the heat and moisture must be able to escape the drum through the dryer ducts to the dryer vent outside.

Clean Dryer Vents – Get the Lint Out!

As laundry tumbles in the dryer, lint is created. With proper air flow, the lint is removed from your clothes. About 60% of the lint removed from the laundry ends up in the lint screen that should be cleaned after each load. The other 40% escapes into the back of the clothes dryer and the dryer ducts. Contrary to popular belief, very little of the lint will actually go out through the dryer vent outside. The hot, moist lint sticks to the sides of the dryer ducts where it forms a hard paste. As the lint continues to accumulate, air flow is restricted. Lint inside the dryer hinders the operation of belts, pulleys and bearings. As the moving parts inside the dryer become worn, the dryer becomes likely to throw a spark. Air flow sends the spark right into the dryer duct where it can cause the combustible lint to ignite.

Dryer Vent Cleaning – Get Rid of Mice, Birds, Bees Nests

Birds, Bees and small animals may be attracted to the nice warm hole in the side of your home. They set up housekeeping, build a nest and block air flow. They might even find their way into your home. This is another reason to check the dryer vent cover outside when you are performing your seasonal fall maintenance.

Clean Dryer Vents to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

All gas powered appliances must be properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Most people pay close attention to furnace cleaning and maintenance for this reason; however, few think about the clothes dryer. Think about what venting is for; the purpose of venting is to move air or release air. An inferior dryer vent system can result in a carbon monoxide leak.

Proper dryer vent maintenance can go a long way in preventing fires and reducing energy. In addition, it eliminates the threat of carbon monoxide if you have a gas dryer. Dryer vent cleaning is recommended annually to remove the lint from the dryer ducts, the dryer vent, and inside the back of the dryer.

John Moffat owns Dryer Vent Wizard of Hartford County, specializing in professional dryer vent installation and dryer vent cleaning for homes and businesses, apartments and condos, animal shelters and hair salons, public laundries and spas; anyone who owns and operates a clothes dryer.

Services performed by the Wizard ensure clothes dryers are fire-safe and energy efficient. Each Dryer Vent Wizard is independently owned and operated; but all Wizards are working toward a common goal to make one million clothes dryers safer and greener each year.

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