How do I know my dryer vent is clogged?
Warning Signs of a blocked vent.
It is very important to know and to be able to recognize the warning signs of lint blockage and build up. Because there are so many different things that can go wrong when your dryer and your dryer vent start accumulating lint. Here are some of the warning signs and some tips to
help you take notice. If you see any of these lint build up warning signs call us and we will be sure to come out and do a full cleaning and inspection on your vent, and your dryer. We always recommend a yearly maintenance plan to keep your dryer and your dryer vent cleaned out and
running smoothly. For those of you who do more than the average amount of laundry it may be recommended to do a bimonthly vent cleaning service. No matter your needs we will make sure we can take care of those for you, ensuring a clean vent and dryer year around.
One of the first and sometimes the most common signs that your dryer vent is backed up is excess lint. If you notice you are having more than the normal lint build up on your clothes, this is a huge indicator that your dryer is not able to fully work to its fullest capability. This is of course a result in the fact that your dryer vent is being backed up and or your dryer vent is clogged also. So if you are starting to experience excess lint on your clothing you need to get your dryer vent cleaned and your dryer cleaned out.
Longer drying time
Have you noticed over time you have had to add time onto your drying cycles. Now if you have a larger than normal laundry load you will in fact need to add time to the dryer. Also some fabrics are knows for taking more time to dry. So don’t let either of those to situations fool you.
However, if you have never had your dryer vent cleaned out then you should probably have it cleaned anyway. The sign you want to look for is a normal lad taking longer and longer to dry over time. This will indicate that there is major lint build up in your dryer and vent.
Have you ever had your dryer get extremely hot and shut off. This is a major indication that your dryer is almost completely clogged and not allowing any air to leave your dryer. This is very dangerous and is one of the ways your dryer can start a house fire very easily. If this happens it is in your best interest to not use your dryer again until Salt Lake Dryer Vent
Cleaners come out and rescue your dryer and your vent. This is an extremely high fire hazard when your vent is so blocked up that your dryer overheats to the point of turning off.
No lint on the lint screen
Your lent trap is there for a reason and is a part of the proper function of your dryer. When your dryer is no longer filling up your dryer vent this is a sign that it is not properly functioning. If your vent trap does not catch lent this is a good indication that your dryer has a clog before the lent has a chance to get to the lent trap. This is a part of the deep lent cleaning we do when we come out to clean your dryer vent.
Excess lint on clothing
Some clothes produce lent and some clothes produce a lot of lent. If you happen to wash a load of clothes that are lower lent fabrics, but they come out of the dryer with a lot of lent on them this is a sign there is a blockage in our dryer or your vents. When there is lent backed up the lint
can not go anywhere, so it goes to the only place it can go, back on your cloths. This is a clear sign that there is lent build up in your dryer and dryer vent.
Lint around door seal
When you open your dryer and you find lent around the edge if the door seal this is an indication that yes, your dryer vent is clogged. This is a small sign and many times it goes unnoticed. This is not a very obvious sign but if you look for it, you will be able to find it if it is there. This can also cause more lint to be left on your clothes from the next dryer load. Best think to do is take a rad and wipe out the seal and the inside of your dryer. However this will not go away and other issues will arise if you do not get it taken care of. All you need to do is find your local dryer vent cleaner company to come out and clean your dryer vent and dryer.
Hot running dryer and Hot clothes
One of the great things about dryers, especially the new dryers that are coming out these days are the functions. There are so many different functions and setting to chose from. You can set your dryer on a low tumble dry or set it for a high heat. Now even if your dryer is on a high heat your dryer itself should not get hot or overheat. Your high temp dryer setting should also not get hot enough to the point where your clothes are literally hot to the touch. Your clothes overheating and your dryer overheating or even running hotter than normal is a huge red flag
that there is something wrong. That something is low air flow caused buy your dryer vent being blocked and your dryer being clogged up with lint.
We all know when we leave our load of laundry in the washer for some time after it is done being washed it can create a moldy or mildew smell. This can also happen in the dryer when your clothes were not completely dried and they sat for a while in the dryer. Now if you have dried your clothes completely and they did not have the mildew smell to them when they went into the dryer but do when they come out, this is also a sign of lint build up.
Excess pet hair on clothing
For those of you that have pets you know how frustrating it can be to have pet hair on your clothes. If your washer and dryer are working properly they should be able to remove almost all of the pet hair. A majority of the pet hair gets removed in the washer along with dirt and stains.
There is also a lot of pet hair that will stick in with your fabric and be removed with the lent. A big sign that something is wrong with the air flow is there is pet hair being left on the clothes. If the vent is blocked up the dryer may also accumulate pet hair the way it does lent. When it
does this you will get hair on your clothes from the dryer that did not have hair on them before they entered the dryer. This is a sign of a major clog in your dryer and in your dryer vent.