Big Savings With Dryer Vent Cleaning
Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1998, dryers were linked to about 15,600 fires and 20 residual deaths and 370 injuries. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Remember too, that lint can turn flammable over time and is one of the major sources of fires starting in dryer vents. • Replace vents that are less than 4 inches in diameter, or have screw connections versus tape as the screws can trap lint. • Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. • Clean lint screen/filter before (or after) you run each load of clothes. • How Do I Know my Dryer Vent Has Been Blocked? Did you know that clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires last 1998? The dryer of a washing machine works to make clothes dry after washing them. Does your dryer take twice as long to dry clothes? The dryer will actually require more energy to dry your clothes or blankets.
Having returned from a week in Paris, I can say that every apartment I visited had some type of clothes drying fixture … often over the bathtub but sometimes in the dining room or extra bedroom. The washer and dryer are usually located in the laundry room and create heat and moisture. Connected to both cold and hot water lines is the washer. Keep at least 4 inches between the water connection and the back of the washer. Microwaves need to be wiped down at least once a week. As a general rule of thumb, most dryer vents will need to be cleaned at least annually, but some professionals recommend cleaning them out twice a year (or once every six months) just to be careful. There are nearly twenty thousand dryer fires in America each year just because homeowners failed to clean out their dryer exhaust. You can also use a leaf blower to clean out your rain gutters if the leaves in it arent too wet.
In fact, there are special attachments that you can purchase for your leaf blower to make jobs like this much easier. Problems often start in the hose just like in most appliances. That’s a lint trap and if you don’t take two seconds out of your day to clean that after pulling out a load of clothing, it can lead to some serious problems. Lint can build up in the washing machine too and can keep water and detergent from circulating properly. Finally, a washing machine keeps the house in order by removing the scattered dirty clothes around the home. In order to help avoid water problems and mold, simple maintenance is required. Dryer vents should take a straight path to reach an outside wall in order to minimize lint getting trapped. Some dryer vents are as short as only six feet while others are as long as twenty five feet, with sharp forty-five degree and ninety degree angles along the way. Make sure the exterior flap opens/closes easily and there is good air flow at the outside vent while the dryer is operating.
If there is no/minimal air flow, there is blockage that needs to be removed. Dust, dirt, and pet hair can clog the coils on the bottom of a refrigerator, which can stop the appliance from producing cool air. Learning how to use these features can not only save you money, but the hassle of breaking the appliance. It can be a real hassle and sometimes appliance repair is unavoidable. Appliance repair means more money spent if the problem isn’t covered in the warranty and it means several days without being able to use these machines. But the need for repair can occur less frequently if you take good care of your appliances. New appliances have features that weren’t there a decade ago and many are also now Energy Star efficient. Thus what would have used a certain amount of energy has now significantly increased, which also enlarges your monthly energy bill by about $18-24.
Now wouldn’t that be a real money saver, not having to purchase a new microwave every three years? You can also purchase a vent-cleaning brush to clean the vent itself. Clean or replace the filters once in a while. By looking for drips into the washing machine while it is not in use, you can inspect the shut off valve. If you stuff the washing machine to the brim and are later surprised when your clothes aren’t properly cleaned, you should probably reread the owner’s manual. Clothes lines existed well before the invention of dryers so why don’t we use them more? Just like a car is bound to fail if you don’t change the oil every three months, your appliances too, need proper maintenance. Just like we feel as though everything is far more difficult and time-consuming when we’re sick, our dryer feels the same way when its vent is clogged.