Dryer Vent Cleaning by Sears
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- The US Fire Administration Reports there are more than 12,700 clothes dryer fires
- 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.
- Satisfaction Guaranteed.
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.
Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning Service Online
Receive a free estimate and schedule your cleaning service online today. A Sears
representative will contact you promptly, usually within the next business day.
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