It’s important to make sure your dryer isn’t full of more than just hot air.
Did you know that dryers are responsible for over 15,000 fires in North America each year?
Most people aren’t aware of the danger clothes dryers can pose which is why dryer maintenance is often overlooked.
Fires can occur when lint (a highly combustible material) builds up in the dryer or more commonly, in the dryer’s exhaust duct. This blockage causes excessive heat to build up in the dryer.
Some warning signs that your dryer vent may be blocked are:
- a musty smell
- excessive heat and moisture
- fogged-up windows and mirrors
- large amounts of lint and debris
- clothes that remain damp after a cycle
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important that you take steps to clear your vent right away from both the inside and the outside of your home.
First, you’ll want to unplug your dryer and then pull it out from the wall. Next, disconnect the exhaust hose and remove the lint with a brush or vacuum.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself or if the vent isn’t accessible, have your dryer inspected and cleaned by a qualified service technician.
Ignoring your dryer is like playing with fire. If you regularly clean out your dryer’s exhaust vent though, you’ll not only reduce a common fire hazard but you’ll also save money as your dryer will last longer and run much more efficiently.