Dryer Vent Cleanings Are a Yearly Investment – Book Yours With Us Today
Does it seem to take longer than usual for your clothes to dry? Have you also noticed that your electricity bill has been higher than usual for the last several months? If so, then you could probably benefit from a dryer vent cleaning.
Once you hire Tucson Chimney and Venting Solutions, we’ll perform an in-depth inspection of your home’s dryer vent system, fix any problems we identify (on the spot), then scrub your dryer vent to ensure all the excess lint is removed. And if any further repairs are needed, we’ll provide an estimate the very same day.
Ready to get started? Reach out by phone or request an appointment online today.
How Often Should a Dryer Vent Be Cleaned?
We’ll always recommend having this maintenance completed at least once per year. This is the minimum, but be sure to consider more cleanings if you have a busier or fuller household – and therefore put your dryer to use more often.
In addition, be sure to call us if you notice any of the following issues:
- Lots of lint in, surrounding, or behind the dryer
- Your dryer overheating (resulting in shutoff)
- Your clothes still being damp after a cycle
- Excess lint on your clothing after a cycle
- Lack of lint on your dryer’s lint screen
- Hot-to-the-touch dryer/clothing
- Pungent, moldy smells around your dryer
What Are the Risks Associated With Clogged Vents?
There are actually a number of risks associated with dirty and lint-filled dryer vents.
First and foremost, there’s the fire risk. Lint is flammable – in fact, it’s one of the more flammable materials out there. If one little spark comes into contact with it, you can bet flames are gonna spread fast. And when lint clogs up your dryer vent, it causes the appliance to overheat, which then makes fires all that more likely.
In the end, it’s a vicious stream of events. Your dryer vents become clogged with flammable material, which then causes the system to overheat, which then causes that flammable lint to ignite.
In addition, clogged vents can cause toxic gases, like carbon monoxide, to enter your home, rather than moving safely out of your home as they’re intended to. And you can bet your dryer won’t work as well (or last as long), either, due to this excess buildup. It’ll just keep having to work harder and harder until it finally breaks down and a replacement is in order.
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Can I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?
Technically, yes – you can. There are a number of DIY cleaning kits on the market, and if you have the tools and appropriate knowledge to get this job done safely and thoroughly, then we’re not the ones to tell you what maintenance you can or cannot perform in your own home.
That said, it can be a time-consuming, messy, and extensive process. Keep the following in mind as you consider attempting this job yourself.
- You’ll want to ensure you have appropriate safety gear, so that you’re not inhaling any harmful fumes or particles, and you’ll need cleaning equipment to ensure your space stays free of debris.
- You’ll need to be certain you don’t miss spots or create a more compact clog in the process. Sometimes, homeowners only make the matter worse by simply jamming the lint in more tightly, rather than loosening it or pushing it all the way out.
- Finally, be sure to avoid damage. If your ducts aren’t super sturdy, you could risk creating holes or gaps, and if you’re taking pieces apart, you’ll want to ensure they are properly reassembled. Failing to take proper precautions can lead to toxic fumes or gases entering your home when your appliance is running, as well as cause inefficiency or premature breakdowns.
Not interested in dealing with the hassle of it all? Give us a call. We’d be happy to take care of this job, so you don’t have to stress about it.
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Getting in touch with our crew is easy. Simply dial 520-444-2845 or you can request your next appointment online. Either way, we’d love to hear from you soon.