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Friday, Feb. 9th 2018

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Back in April, Larry Williamson put a load of towels into his dryer and went to bed. Minutes later, Williamson told WSAZ-TV, he and his son found the dryer on fire.

Williamson posted pictures and video of the dryer fire on his Facebook page and said he considered himself lucky that his family was safe and his home was not damaged.

“It was close,” he said. “It would have been just seconds and our house would have been on fire.”

Others are not so fortunate.

In December, WNDU-TV reported a 67-year-old LaPorte, IN man died in a house fire that investigators think started from a dryer. 

“Our neighbor’s little boy saw it and he came over and woke us up,” Dan Boody told WNDU. “I panicked. When you see fire coming out of the windows 10 feet high, you move pretty fast.”

Closer to home, an Overland Park apartment fire last March was caused by a dryer. The fire was reported quickly and no one was injured.

Every year, 2,900 home dryer fires are reported in the United States and cause five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property damage, according to reports from the US Fire Administration. The most common cause of these fires is failure to clean the dryer, which occur more in the fall and winter months.

Sometimes people do not realize how close to trouble their appliances are. On service calls, The Appliance Care Company technicians repaired dryers that were close to fires from a lack of cleaning. In the picture below, the dryer motor burned up because of lint buildup and was one step away from having a major fire.

That’s why, to protect your family and home, Dr. Duct, owned and operated by The Appliance Care Company, recommends cleaning your dryer vent, based on the amount of laundry you do and your household size.

  • An individual, who lives alone and does a small amount of laundry each week, should inspect and clean their dryer vent every three to five years.
  • A couple, who wash a few loads a week, should inspect and clean their dryer vent every three to five years.
  • A family of four or more, doing a large amount of laundry every week, should inspect and clean their dryer vent every two to three years.

Dr. Duct conducts a five-point inspection to determine if a dryer vent cleaning is necessary and that all components are in good shape and working correctly.

  1. Test Dryer
  2. Inspect Transition Duct
  3. Inspect Condition of Rigid Duct
  4. Find/Inspect Vent Hood
  5. Test Air Flow Rate (at the tech’s discretion)

Our employees are rated as Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and understand how each inspection point affects the life of your dryer and your home’s safety. We use the snake and blow system to clean dryer vents. It’s the most effective technique to clean dryer vents. 

You can see the technique’s effectiveness in the videos below.

The snake and blow works so well, Dr. Duct offer a six-month Lint Free Guarantee.

Besides protecting your family and property, cleaning your dryer vent offers other benefits:

  • Extends the Life of Your Dryer
    Having a lint filled dryer duct causes enormous stress on your dryer, which can significantly reduce the life of the dryer and it’s parts. Eliminate or reduce costly repairs by checking your dryer vents.
  • Eliminates Moisture Buildup
    Damaged or disconnected dryer vents, which are caused by heavy lint buildup, can cause the moisture from the clothes to be released into the room where the dryer is located. The dryer itself often appears to be working normally, but an airflow analysis can determine if your dryer is venting safely and properly.
  • Improves Air Quality
    Having an obstructed or dirty dryer vent can cause enormous amounts of dust and particles to be released into the home. Our technicians wear respirators when cleaning dryer vents due to the risks that can come with inhaling the lint or dust. Having your dryer duct cleaned out regularly will improve air quality and reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire hazard

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