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Dryer Vent Wizard Twin Cities Do’s & Don’ts

As professional dryer vent experts for the Twin Cities area, we have seen our share of mistakes people make regarding their dryer vents. We want to cover some basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to dryer vents. 

Do

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load. 
  • Clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
  • Schedule annual dryer vent cleaning by a professional.
  • Seek the advice of a professional if you notice drying time is taking longer than usual, your dryer gets hot when running or your clothes come out of the dryer smelling musty.
  • Read your dryer manufacturer’s care manual and warnings. You can also see warnings printed on your dryer (usually inside the dryer’s lid).
  • Replace plastic, vinyl and aluminum foil vents with rigid metal vents.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.

Don’t

  • Overload the dryer.
  • Use a clothes dryer without a lint filter.
  • Dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. (Ex. bathroom rug with rubber backing)
  • Dry clothing/fabric on which there is anything flammable (alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc.).
  • Leave clothes dryer running if you leave home or go to sleep.
  • Use duct tape, screws or bolts to connect venting materials. 
  • Terminate dryer vents in crawl spaces or attics.
  • Use cages or screens to cover the wall damper.
  • Ignore signs indicating your clothes dryer is not operating properly.

By following these tips, your dryer can dry clothes effectively while preventing hazards in your home. If you have further questions about your dryer and vents, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Dryer Vent Cleaning Benefits

The benefits of cleaning your dryer vents include preventing fire, save time and energy drying, extending the life of your clothes and dryer, and more.