Dryer Duct Cleaning isn’t something you hear about often, but it’s something you should be aware of. We wash and dry clothes in our appliances probably once a week, or more with a family. The dryer contains a high heat element (electric or natural gas heated) that has an exhaust tube that (if done appropriately) leads out of the house to a wall vent that provides an exhaust port outside.
- The first thing to regularly do after every dryer load is to remove all the lint from the lint trap.
- Lint traps that are not cleaned will pass additional lint that can be dangerously collected in the exhaust tube, which must be cleaned
- Lint can build up in the exhaust tube, restrict dryer efficiency and become a serious fire danger
- Dryer lint removal devices are available, but if the lint is too heavy, the best option is to purchase a brand new exhaust tube (not expensive) with a fresh inside surface that will not collect future lint as quickly
- Check your dryer tubing or “duct” at least once per year, or if you experience the dryer not heating efficiently
As always, if you have not performed a task like this or do not feel comfortable, look for a professional and be safe.