Dryer Vent Cleaning
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- The US Fire Administration Reports there are more than 12,700 clothes dryer fires annually.
- Annual clothes dryer vent cleaning can improve clothes dryer efficiency and may reduce utility costs.
- We clean the entire clothes dryer vent system from the appliance to the outdoors.
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What Causes a Clogged Dryer Vent?
Simply stated, a clogged dryer vent is caused by the build-up of lint in the dryer ventilation system. There are many reasons a clothes dryer vent may
become clogged. First, the complex construction of new homes built today tends to have dryers located away from an outside wall. This means dryers tend
to be vented longer distances creating more bends in the vent through the home. The additional length creates more places for lint to collect or for animals
and birds to hide. Secondly, dryer vents are often made from flexible plastic or foil duct, which may be easily kinked or crushed where they exit the
dryer and enter the wall or floor. Ducts made of this material are more likely to sag and let lint build up at low points than ridge metal or UL approved
flexible metal ducts. Poorly connected internal ducts can also trap lint. Screens or cages at the duct termination are helpful to prevent animals from
getting into the exhaust from the outside, but if they are not properly cleaned and maintained they can also become clogged and restrict air flow.
Why Clean Your Clothes Dryer Vent?
Sears Dryer Vent Cleaning
Lint and debris can build up in the clothes dryer vent blocking air flow and creating potentially hazardous conditions including the possibility for an
exhaust fire or carbon monoxide intrusion (gas clothes dryers). "The U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Data Center reports that there are over 12,700
home fires per year associated with clothes dryer fires resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries, and 88 million dollars in property loss."*
Along with the water vapor evaporated from the wet clothes, the exhaust stream carries lint – highly flammable particles of clothing made of cotton and
polyester – through the ventilation duct. Lint can accumulate in the exhaust duct, reducing the dryer’s ability to expel the heated water vapor, which
then accumulates as heat energy within the machine. As the dryer overheats, mechanical failures (thermostat, limit switch, damaged screen, or crushed
hose) can trigger sparks which cause the lint trapped in the dryer vent to burst into flames.
Dryer Efficiency & Energy Savings
A restricted dryer vent reduces air flow and causes your dryer to run hotter and longer, substantially impacting energy efficiency. Excess heat created
by poor air flow can ruin your clothes, add dollars to your home’s energy bill and increase the wear and tear on your appliance. If your dryer takes twice
as long to dry clothes as it should, the number of loads that it will dry in its lifetime is substantially reduced. Having your dryer vent cleaned helps
reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the possibility of a fire.
Dryer vents are often made from flexible plastic or metal duct, which may be easily kinked or crushed where they exit the dryer and enter the wall or
floor. Ducts made of flexible plastic or foil are likely to sag and let lint build up at low points. Ridges can also trap lint. Screens may be present
at the duct termination and can accumulate lint and restrict air flow.
Indoor Air Quality
A clogged dryer vent does not allow for the clothes dryer to exhaust properly. Gas clothes dryers that become clogged have the potential to cause Carbon
Monoxide to back fill into your home. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and can be fatal with prolonged exposure.
The complex construction of new homes built today tends to have dryers located away from an outside wall. This means dryers tend to be vented longer distances
creating more bends in the vent run to accommodate the extended path they must take through the home. The additional length create more places for lint
to collect or for animals and birds to hide.
Call the Professionals at Sears to Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned
Most homeowners do not have the equipment to clean a dryer vent properly. Our uniformed technicians use the same powerful vacuum equipment for your clothes
dryer vent as we do when we clean for a heating/cooling air duct system. Sears professionals use high pressure air and specialized tools to dislodge the
dirt and debris from long vent runs, crevices, elbows and bends, cleaning the entire length of the vent from the dryer to the outside of your home.
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