Clean Your Dryer Vents to Prevent Fires

As a homeowner, especially one with a family, you likely have concerns on how to proactively protect your home and family. There are many steps you can take to prevent potential hazards, especially when it comes to electrical appliances. One potential hazard that you may not be aware of is your dryer, which can become dangerous if the vents are not properly cleaned.

It may seem like a clothing dryer is a common enough appliance that operates on its own without problems. However, over time your dryer vents build up with dirt and lint. This buildup can be dangerous when you use your dryer and it heats up, causing the material to catch fire. To take preventative action, the vents in your dryer should be cleaned out regularly to prevent fires.

Signs Your Vents Need to Be Cleaned

In order to know when your vents need to be cleaned, it is important that you are educated on the signs of dirty dryer vents. There are ways to prevent potential hazards from occurring, so long as you look out for the signs and take action when you see them.

A few signs which may indicate a need for vent cleaning include:

  • Clothes do not get dry after one cycle
  • Clothes smell musty after drying
  • Clothing is extremely hot after drying
  • Lint trap accumulates more lint than usual
  • Clothing takes longer than usual to dry
  • How to Clean Your Dryer Vents

There are steps you can take to decrease the amount of debris in your dryer. You can do this by using fewer dryer sheets, leaving more time between drying cycles, and performing cleaning services yourself on the dryer vent. The best way to do this is by using a shop vac around the outside of the vents to remove debris.

If your dryer vents have not been cleaned in quite some time, you may want to consider hiring a professional from Mr. Appliance of Old Saybrook. Call us today at (860) 896-7125 to speak to a Middletown dryer vent cleaning specialist with extensive experience.

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