Dryer vent cleaning is cleaning of the flexible duct between the dryer and the point where the vent exits the house. Over time this duct may become filled with dust and lint from the dryer, and cleaning helps improve airflow from the dryer, increase energy efficiency, and reduces the risk of a dryer fire.
Your dryer vent should be cleaned every 6 to 12 months depending on how much your dryer is used. A build up of lint and debris looks like this:
- Check your dryer vent every few months to ensure that it is not blocked or full of lint.
- If your dryer is taking an unusually long time to dry, or if clothes are always damp, your dryer vent may be clogged
- You can check your dryer vent by moving your dryer away from the wall and detaching the flexible duct from the back and looking into it.
- If you have a short duct directly to the outside and a shop vac, you may be able to clean the duct out quite easily on your own.