Dealing with an aftermath of a fire is not on your To-do list. Loss of all of your personal belongings is overwhelming to say the least. If your dryer vent shows any of the signs listed in this article call to schedule an appointment.
There are more than 15,000 dryer vent caused fire’s every year. Facts state that dryer vent related fires make up for over 90% of all appliance fires, more than a dozen deaths and 300 more reported injuries. Property damage is reported in the millions,nearly $100 million dollars. A yearly dryer vent inspection should be marked on your calendar at a minimum. We can come out and inspect your dryer vent system and let you know if the vent needs cleaned.
So what can you do to prevent a dryer vent fire? I have gathered the top warning signs as listed below.
- Timed cycle not drying in one load. (Excessive dry times, point directly to the dryer vent system) This sign means there is potentially excessive amount of lint build up inside your dryer.
-Automatic cycle stops before clothes are dry. (clothes still damp at end of cycle)
-You notice lint on your clothing. This means the vent could be blocked and the lint is being pushed back into the dryer.
-If you notice the top of your dryer is hot to the touch. This is a sure sign that the dryer is not venting the hot air outside. Hot air that doesn’t vent will cause a dryer’s top to be hotter than normal.
-Articles of clothing are hotter than normal. If you open the door and the clothes are to hot to touch you need a vent inspection.
-Burning smell. If you notice any kind of burning smell when your dryer is in use stop it immediately and call for service. (lint inside the dryer and or vent system could potential catch on fire)
-No lint visible on the lint screen. This is a sure sign the vent is clogged.
-Premature failure of the internal parts. If your motor or rollers needed replaced in a relatively short amount of time the dryer vent could have help caused the issue. Failure of the dryers internal parts are common in the appliance repair field.
Improper dryer venting will stop your dryer in its tracks, the cleaner your dryer vent is will help save money and possibly your life. Fire safety is number one in our book, cleaning your dryer vent and keeping your dryer vent safe is our goal.