Hello Debra and all,
We've been told that dryer vents should be cleaned, otherwise they can be a fire hazard. We have been here seven years and clothes are beginning to come out a bit damp, so I think we need to do it. Though we were able to get at part of it with a long dryer vent brush, the type of dryer we have does not permit us to accees the entire area to be cleaned ourselves and my husband is leary of prodding any further, not wanting to damage the dryer etc. We plan to call in a company to have this done. However, knowing that duct cleaning is unnecessary and sometimes harmful,we've put it off. I'd like to know if there are any caveats to be aware of, or questions to ask when contracting with a company to just clean the dryer vent. Also, does anyone recommend such a company? We're in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa. Thank you all so much for any ideas on this.
I've never had my dryer vent cleaned so I don't have personal experience with this, though your question has prompted me to take a look at my own dryer vent.
Here's a good summary of how clogged dryer vents can cause fires and force your dryer to use more energy than necessary to get clothes dry: How to Clean a Dryer Vent
I would ask them if they use any chemicals or sprays in the cleaning. I recently had my air conditioner checked and they sprayed something in the air ducts without telling me, so just ask ahead of time and stand right next to them while they are working so you can stop anything that seems toxic to you.
Readers, and experience with cleaning dryer vents, and warnings?
In terms of regular maintenance, it's important to clean the lint out of your dryer from the little lint basket every time you use it. That will keep the exhaust vent from getting lint build-up and reduce the need for cleaning.
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