If you have a dryer in your home, you’re very familiar with the process of cleaning your lint trap after each load of laundry. This excess fabric build up can catch in more places than just your dryer trap, though. The ventilation lines that take that hot, steam-filled air from your dryer can also accumulate this lint, which can lead to serious problems and reduced efficiency over time.
As the warm air is blown out of your home through the ventilation duct, the small particles of lint can catch along the walls of the dryer hose, slowly building thicker and thicker until the line narrows significantly. When this occurs, your dryer has to work harder and longer to dry clothing, as with less capacity to remove the warm and wet air through the vent, moisture stays in the dryer longer and keeps clothes damp for more time.
In turn, this can lead to problems with the mechanical systems in your dryer. The extra work that your dryer’s blower motor has to do to keep removing the warm air can lead to it wearing out faster, requiring a replacement sooner than you might expect and leading to an expensive repair bill. In addition, the increased time that your dryer takes to dry means more time that your dryer needs to run, not only stressing out your dryer more rapidly, but also driving your utility costs up as you pay for the additional gas, propane or electricity to run the dyer on longer and longer cycles.
Lastly, these accumulated fabric particles can be highly flammable. When combined with the overworked mechanical systems of your dryer, this can lead to a serious problem or even catastrophic fires at your home if left unchecked. If one of the components of your dryer were to spark and that spark caught in the excess lint in your ventilation duct, there’s a chance that it could erupt into flames, even leading to a serious blaze. More than 300 clothes fires are reported each year throughout Ontario, but with a thorough cleaning of your dryer vents and hoses, you can rest more easily each night.
At Superior Air Duct Cleaning, our professionals can perform an extensive dryer vent cleaning and get your system running smoothly again. Our technicians can clean your existing vent hoses to remove lint build up, or even replace older plastic lines with newer aluminum flex lines that would offer a better containment if a spark were to ever occur. Contact us today to find out more about our dryer vent cleaning services or to schedule an appointment.