YOUR DRYER VENTS MAY BE CLOGGED IF :
1. According to FEMA, every year over 15,000 structure fires are attributed to clothes dryers.
The leading cause: Failure to clean. Lint located within just two inches of your dryer’s
heater intake can ignite placing your family in the danger zone. The NFPA recommends that
all clothing dryer vents be cleaned and inspected once a year.
2. What type of transition tube do you have? Contact a qualified professional to inspect,
clean, repair or install your dryer vent.
The Plastic or foil transition tube is behind dryer, connecting it to the wall vent. Plastic
or foil tubes are a fire hazard and should NOT be in any home. Dryer Vent Wizard
technicians install material approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
3. Dryer Warning label is required on all dryers. This important label is overlooked by
almost all consumers because it is placed on the back of the dryer and out of sight. It
advises consumers of the transition tubes they should use and warns them that use of a
plastic or metal foil tube attached to the dryer can result in of death or fire.
4. Extend the life of your dryer and eliminate or reduce costly repair bills. A lint
obstructed dryer vent places enormous stress on your dryer and can significantly reduce the
life of the dryer and its parts. Every extra cycle required to dry a load of laundry reduces the
full life of the dryer. Clogged vents can even cause the heating element to burn out.
5. Dramatically reduce your energy costs. A lint clogged vent restricts air flow and reduces
the dryer’s ability to exhaust heat and moisture. This can significantly increase your drying times.
At $2-$3 a cycle, your dryer is one of the most expensive appliances used in your home.
Proper airflow is critical to efficient operation and energy costs.
6. Dryer vents should never be vented into a living space, crawl space or attic. The
moisture moving through the vent can build up and cause mold or water damage. Lint
blown through the vent is combustible and should not be allowed to spread in or near
your home because of the fire hazard lint causes.
7. Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide build up from gas dryers. If you have a gas dryer
an obstructed, damaged or poorly installed vent can allow unsafe levels of carbon monoxide
to be released into your home.
8. A dirty or obstructed vent can cause an enormous amount of dust and particles to
escape into your home and living space. Technicians wear a respirator when cleaning
dryer vents due to the risks associated with inhaling this lint and dust.
9. An airflow analysis can determine if you’re venting properly and safely. Even if the
dryer appears to be operating normally .
10. Many dryer fires originate during a drying cycle. Embers or flames exit the back of the dryer
through the dryer’s exhaust. Lint accumulated in the dryer vent transition tube and dryer vent
system are ignited when this occurs. To contain embers or fire exiting the dryer, a rigid metal,
smooth tube is needed.
11.What type of transition tube do you have? Contact a qualified professional to inspect,
clean or repair your vent.
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