Clogged vents and duct cleaning
A dryer exhaust duct that is clogged with lint not only affects the performance of the dryer, it also creates the perfect environment for a dryer fire. Ducts that are bent, crimped, crushed or twisted in any fashion tend to collect more lint than straight ducts. The lint builds up over time and other factors, such as sticky residue from dryer sheets, condensation, critters living inside the ductwork, and how often the lint trap is cleaned, all contribute to restricting the airflow in the dryer exhaust duct.
5 tips to reduce the risk of home fires
Every day in the U.S. there are approximately 1,000 home fires. Here are five tips to reduce the risk and keep your family safe:
Things that should never be placed in the dryer
Clothes dryers are convenient appliances to dry loads of laundry. With this convenience comes some inconvenience, limiting what can and cannot safely be placed into a dryer.
Dryer sheets might smell nice, but environmentalists say we should skip this step in the laundry process. Chemicals used to make them are released into your clothing from the heat of the dryer.
Keeping the dryer exhaust system top of mind
When it comes to clothes dryers, one may not think there is much to it other than having this valuable appliance that gets the laundry warm and dry in far less time than air-drying would. Cleaning the lint tray following each load is not enough.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even though your dryer exhaust duct might be cleaned on an annual basis, it can still accumulate enough lint to hinder the dryer's performance.
Tips to prevent a dryer fire
It’s important to clean the lint filter prior to each use of the dryer. Adding this step to your laundry routine will aid in the prevention of lint buildup up in the dryer exhaust system, and down the road, a possible dryer fire.
Why choose the DryerWallVent?
This sleek, durable vent is a top performer in keeping your dryer exhaust flowing to the outside and taking the loose lint with it, preventing lint buildup in your dryer exhaust system.
Dryer safety tips
There are over 15,000 home fires per year in the U.S. that are dryer related, a clear indication that dryer exhaust duct inspection, cleaning and maintenance cannot be ignored.
Just say NO to white vinyl flex exhaust duct!
We all grew up with white dryer flex duct and it did the job. Since that, we have learned so much more on its status. It’s no secret that that the knowledge and official warnings on this product highly discourage its use for venting a clothes dryer.
Clogged dryer exhaust duct and duct cleaning
Check the dryer exhaust system whenever you notice your dryer is overheating or functioning poorly. Failure to do so can ultimately result in a fire.
How a clothes dryer works
A clothes dryer is a very simple appliance that uses a combination of air, motion and heat to evaporate the moisture from wet, laundered fabrics to make them dry. An electric dryer requires an electrical hookup, and a gas dryer requires a gas line connection. In an electric dryer, an electrical current is sent through the heating coils, creating a resistance.
Tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas dryer
Many homeowners perform the recommended annual check of their dryer exhaust system to ensure it is up to par and clog-free. Many homeowners are familiar with the threat of fires due to an improperly maintained dryer exhaust duct, but did you know about a secondary, and very deadly, threat from carbon monoxide? Gas dryers emit fumes that are extremely dangerous.
Eliminating mold issues
Mold isn’t just associated with the washer – it’s also a health hazard that affects the dryer. Clogged dryer exhaust ducts are a breeding ground for mold growth inside the duct as well as on walls and surfaces in your laundry space. Mold spores thrive in humid environments and quickly grow and spread when exposed to water.
Common dryer exhaust duct problems you should avoid
The dryer exhaust duct is not always top of mind; however, it does require a little bit of attention – once per year, at a minimum. Excessive lint and debris not only reduce the equipment’s efficiency and performance, but also create a fire hazard in your home.
My clothes are taking too long to dry
If your dryer is taking too long to dry the clothes, here are some troubleshooting tips to try.
About the DryerWallVent
Often, not much thought goes into selecting the type of vent cover to be connected to the dryer exhaust duct at the home’s exterior wall. There are several types of vents on the market today to choose from, with the DryerWallVent being the safest, most efficient choice.
Tips for a cleaner, better-performing dryer
Cleaning the clothes dryer on a regular basis prevents equipment breakdown and helps the dryer to perform at maximum efficiency.
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Clothes dryer troubleshooting guide
BetterVenting has assembled some tips that just might be the answer to common dryer problems, saving you a service call.