Dryer Vent Cleaning, Serving NJ
Have You Thought About Cleaning Your Dryer Vent Lately?
Another dryer statistic!!
Clean your dryer’s venting at least 1 or 2 times a year to prevent possible fires Please Note! Between 1980-1998 an average of 14,500 fires “per year” are known to have been the result of dryers. Those fires average 13 deaths, 239 injuries and $53.1 million in property damage “per year”.
We are afraid the statistics aren’t getting much better and in fact appear to be increasing. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 24,000 clothes dryer fires occur each year now in the USA.
There are many things that contribute to the proper operation of a dryer; the venting is perhaps the most critical in the system. Improper installation of your dryer vent system can also create a serious hazard for you and your family.
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Heat: The heat is another important function of a dryer. Many current dryer models have a ‘one time’, non-resettable, thermal fuse for safety. These safety devices will open should the dryer’s vent not be installed properly or it becomes restricted. Once this happens, the dryer will no longer heat at all and will require the part to be replaced to correct the condition. On some dryer designs (usually gas) failure of one of these thermal fuses will totally stop dryer operation altogether. On older models without one of these thermal safeties, poor venting can cause the dryer to cycle on its safety thermostat instead of its temperature control thermostat. This usually contributes to slowdrying time, can cause overheating and on some models malfunctioning timer operation on some cycles.
Why Dryer Fires Occur?
Lint is a highly combustible material, which, interestingly enough, is one of the ingredients in a recipe for home-made fire starters. Lint accumulation over time can build up on the heating element and in other places like inside the dryer, causing it to overheat and possibly catch fire. As a rule, a fire starts from a spark in the machine. However, improper clothes dryer venting practices outside the dryer like blocked vent ducts can play a role in a fire. Fire Marshal said to “Clean the dryer ducts at least once a year”
THE MAIN REASONS FOR DRYER DUCT CLEANING
- Are you concerned about fire safety?
- Clogged dryer vents are the second leading cause of household fires in the US
- Are your clothes taking too long to dry?
- Are your energy bills higher than usual?
- Birds and dropping may become trapped in you dryer vent causing disease and/or fire.
- Clogged vents decrease your dryer’s efficiency, increasing drying time therefore increasing your energy bills as much as $45 a month.
- Increased life of your dryer by better efficiency.
- Reduced maintenance calls for your dryer.
- Less wear on clothes from overheating and excessive tumbling.
- And probably the biggest reason is have peace of mind.
Q: How often should a clothes dryer duct be cleaned?
A: The clothes dryer duct should be cleaned twice a year.
Q: How does my dryer duct get clogged with a lint trap on my dryer?
A: The lint screen in clothes dryer definitely helps to keep the duct clean it does not stop 100% of the lint. If you are skeptical, try this experiment: pull out the lint trap and look underneath it you may find large mounds of lint staring at you
Q: Is this a job for a professional or can I do it my self?
A: There is approximately 1 gallon of water vented per batch of clothes causing moisture in the duct. The wet lint particles slowly accumulates over time on the sides of the duct and eventually blocks air from venting or sometimes there can be a mechanical blockage such as a bird nest in the duct. In any case, most dryer manufacturers, recommend that residential dryer duct be cleaned 2 times a year for fire-prevention and energy-saving reasons.
To insure the job is done properly and there’s no break in the line causing a much larger problem a professional dryer and air duct cleaning technician should perform the cleaning.