How To Keep Your Dryer Vents Clean

Dryers are one of the most helpful appliances we have in our home, making it possible to finish a load of laundry within an hour. Though it is an appliance that we rely on to clean, it is also important that you spend some time cleaning your dryer as well.

Why you need to clean your Dirty Dryer Vents

Cleaning an appliance that is used for cleaning might seem excessive but the truth is that keeping your dryer vents clean is essential for your safety. Dryer lint builds up in your lint trap over time as particles are dried and removed from clothing. It is very important that you keep the lint trap clear for air flow, and also because lint is very flammable. In fact, dryer vent issues are a major cause of house fires.

Keeping your dryer is also important to dryer function. When lint builds up, the lack of airflow can cause your clothing to dry more slowly, smell musty, or even come out of the dryer with specs of lint and dust. Most people do regularly pull lint out of their lint screen, but it is important that you regularly clean your dryer more thoroughly to ensure safe operation.

Cleaning your Dryer Vents

Regular cleaning of your dryer vents ensures there is no buildup of lint, and that your dryer will function safely and efficiently. It is possible to do this yourself if you’re the DIY-type. Make sure your dryer is un-plugged or that you’ve turned off the gas supply if you have a gas dryer. Moving the dryer to give yourself space to work, you’ll be able to remove the vent plate with a screwdriver. From there, you’ll be able to use a vacuum to clean lint out of the hole in the back of the dryer. Be sure to be as thorough as possible cleaning out every piece of lint you can access. From there, you’ll also want to check where your vent let’s out on the exterior of your home, again removing your vent plate and removing all of the buildup that you can.

If you have an inaccessible or particular long duct system, it may be better to contact an appliance repair technician in Mississauga, who has the equipment and knowledge to quickly and safely clean out your vents. What’s more, a technician will be able to take a look at your dryer and diagnose any issues that you may not even know about.

Whether you’ve cleaned your vents yourself or had a professional visit to help, it is important that you run your dryer on an empty load so any loosened lint and dust will not end up on a clean load of laundry.