Top Reasons Why It’s Dangerous to Not Clean Your Dryer Vent

Dryers are not typically at the top of your mind on a regular basis and may often get overlooked. So is not cleaning my dryer vent really that dangerous? The short answer, yes.

With all of the responsibilities that comes with being a homeowner or a business owner, it’s not uncommon for certain tasks to fall by the wayside. You may forget to give the kitchen counter one final scrub at the end of the night or you may fail to remember to start the dishwasher during the day. One of the important things that you should never overlook, however, is the importance of having your dryer vent cleaned.

What are the Hazards of Neglecting to Clean Your Dryer Vent?

Unfortunately, the AAA Commercial Vent team fields many phone calls throughout the day with clients telling us, “I am not cleaning my dryer vent.”. There are several reasons why it is dangerous to not clean a dryer vent. Some of the top ones include:

Possible fire risk

Many people do not realize that the lint that builds up in a dryer vent is highly flammable. As your machine warms while it’s running, there is a chance that it will heat the lint to the point where it could catch on fire which could cause substantial damage to your home or business.

Build up of carbon monoxide

When air cannot flow freely in and out of your dryer vent, there will likely be a build up of carbon monoxide in your laundry room. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. If someone is exposed to carbon monoxide for too long, there is a possibility that there could be fatal consequences.

Signs That There May Be Issues with Your Dryer Vent

There are multiple tell-tale signs that will indicate to you that there is a potential problem with your dryer vent. You should always be conscious of:

Temperature of your clothes after a cycle

Do you find that your clothes are still damp or wet after a regular cycle? Perhaps your clothes are coming out of your dryer and they are too hot to touch? Extreme clothing temperatures at the end of a dryer cycle is an indicator that your dryer vent may not be working up to par.

Outdoor flapper malfunction

In order to circulate the air that is used to dry your clothes, the outdoor flapper located on the vent hood must open and close. If you notice that the outdoor flapper is not opening, it’s important that you call us right away as this could increase the risk of fire or carbon monoxide build up.

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dryer Vents Clean

It’s important not to overlook the fact that there are things that you can do to maintain your dryer vent on a regular basis. For example, a good rule of thumb is to take the time to clean out your vent each time you use your dryer.

If you have never had your dryer vents professionally cleaned or it has been more than a year since your last cleaning, we strongly recommend that reach out to us to book an appointment. During your initial call, we can provide you with an obligation free quote as well as a comprehensive overview regarding what you can expect during your appointment.

Schedule an Appointment with a AAA Commercial Vent Technician to Clean Your Dryer Vent

With years of experience, the AAA Commercial Vent team recognizes the importance of maintaining a clean dryer vent. Not only can we provide you with regular vent cleaning services, but we can also assist in any repairs as well as dryer vent installations when needed. Give us a call today at (305) 614-9893 for more information about our services.

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