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How Often Do You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning?


While line-drying your clothing can be nice on a warm summer day, it can take a long time. Thankfully, most of us are able to use a clothes dryer machine to speed the process up. You rely on this machine to do its job effectively but, if you want to continue to rely on it, you may need to double-check that it has the support it needs.

As you probably guessed by now we are talking about checking on your dryer vent. Without this part of your system, your dryer would quickly overheat and cause a lot of problems. But what if your dryer vent is just clogged with lint and debris? The same issue applies!

What Is a Dryer Vent?

When you run your clothes dryer, it tumbles your wet clothes around in heated air. As the moisture in the clothes warms, it evaporates and is pushed out of the dryer with a fan. This is where the dryer vent comes in!

Your dryer vent carrier moist air, and debris like lint, out of the system and out of the home. While dryer vents can be made with different materials, one thing remains true of this part of your system across the board: they need to be cleaned now and then.

Why and When You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

You may be wondering why dryer vent cleaning in Minneapolis, MN is necessary. After all, you have a lint trap so wouldn’t that take care of keeping things clean? Just like how an HVAC system filter can’t block everything, your lint trap won’t capture every piece of lint. Over time, dirt, lint, hair, and moisture can collect in the dryer vent and will need to be cleaned out.

We advise cleaning out your dryer vent at least once a year. This is to prevent the issues that can come with a clogged dryer vent.

What Happens When a Dryer Vent Becomes Clogged?

Over time, a dryer vent may become clogged with lint and other debris. Like your ductwork, it is best to have a professional clean out your dryer vent. Professional dryer vent cleaning should be done regularly to avoid issues like:

  • Fire risks: Lint is actually a highly flammable substance. If allowed to collect in the dryer vent, lint can present a fire risk as it is consistently exposed to high heat.
  • Strain on the dryer: A clogged dryer vent can make it harder for your dryer to dry off your clothes. This added strain can lead to a shorter lifespan for your dryer, not to mention added trouble getting dry clothes!
  • Increased energy use: Cleaning out your dryer vent regularly will help prevent extra energy use by your dryer, and thereby prevent higher energy bills too.

If you need help cleaning out your dryer vent, then we are here to provide the work you need. We will ensure things are clean and clear so you can enjoy full dryer functionality without a mess.

Contact 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. to schedule an appointment.

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