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Dryer Vent Cleaning Warning Signs

There are many warning signs that may indicate a problem with a dryer vent. If you notice any of the following issues, you should not hesitate to schedule professional dryer vent cleaning with Dryer Vent Wizard Twin Cities.

Longer Drying Time

When drying cycle times increase or a second cycle is needed to dry clothes completely, it is likely the dryer vent system is not functioning properly. Longer drying times are an indication that airflow in your dryer vent is constricted. Inadequate airflow can be the result of a clog or obstruction in the dryer vent system such as excess lint. Professional dryer vent cleaning ensures your dryer vent is clear of obstructions, allowing the dryer to run more efficiently, resulting in reduced drying time. This helps you save time as well as money on utility bills.

Excess Lint Behind Dryer

Excess lint amassed behind the clothes dryer is a serious fire hazard. When a dryer vent is functioning properly, lint moves through the dryer vent system to the exterior of your home. An accumulation of lint around or behind your dryer can be the result of a clogged dryer vent. Clogged vents restrict airflow, which means the air cannot move the lint outside and instead forces it behind the dryer. 

Dryer Overheating

If your dryer gets overly hot while running or you notice your clothes are hot after a cycle, the dryer vent is likely not functioning properly. Some dryers will automatically shut off due to overheating. This issue can be caused by a vent clog or obstruction, improper vent system configuration, unsuitable materials, or faulty vent joints or seals. Our technicians can check your venting system, make any necessary repairs and remove clogs to help your dryer run properly.

Musty Smelling Clothes

If you smell mold or mildew on your clothing, in your dryer or in your laundry room, it is likely that your dryer vent system is not functioning properly. This type of warning sign typically comes from an obstructed or clogged dryer vent. A clogged vent system traps moisture, providing an environment for mold and mildew growth. 

No Lint on the Lint Screen

Little or no lint collecting on the lint screen or lint trap is a warning sign of a bigger issue. If there is no lint on the lint screen after a drying cycle, or if lint is on the wrong side of the screen, it could be a sign that the lint is backing up in your dryer due to an obstructed dryer vent. If lint builds up in the dryer vent or dryer cavity, back pressure can cause the heating element to overheat. When a dryer overheats, the lint trapped inside the dryer can easily catch fire. It is important to clean the lint screen before and after each drying cycle and to have your vent inspected if you find little or no lint on the lint screen following a drying cycle.

Excess Lint on Clothing

If you find excess lint on your clothing following a drying cycle, it is likely that your dryer vent is obstructed. A clogged or obstructed dryer vent prevents heat, moisture and lint from leaving your dryer through the dryer vent system properly, causing lint to be trapped in the dryer. 

Excess Pet Hair on Clothing

Homes with pets have a higher risk and frequency of dryer vent obstructions due to pet hair. Drying items that collect pet hair such as pet bedding, clothing, blankets and towels can increase the risk of a clogged dryer vent and restrict airflow. Excess accumulation of pet hair can build up and coalesce with lint, creating larger obstructions in the vent line. For this reason, pet hair poses an increased fire risk and decreases dryer efficiency. Manufacturers recommend that dryer vent systems are inspected and cleaned once per year; however, homes with multiple pets should have their dryer vent cleaned more frequently.

Lint Around Dryer Door Seal

Lint collecting around the dryer door seal is a sign of a clogged or obstructed dryer vent. When lint is unable to be properly expelled through your dryer vent, the fan pushes it into the door seal. Another sign indicating your vents need to be cleaned.

If you notice one or more of the above warning signs, call Dryer Vent Wizard Twin Cities to schedule dryer vent cleaning. We will inspect your venting system and clear any excess lint or obstructions, allowing your dryer to work properly. This will prevent a dryer fire and help your dryer run more efficiently. Do not delay! Call 651-792-5626 or contact us today.