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The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

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The new year has begun and it’s time to think about home maintenance in 2018. Many homeowners wait until spring to complete an extensive list of spring cleaning, but this may be a mistake when it comes to dryer vent maintenance. There are nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires reported each year. They account for an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer vent is the leading cause of clothes dryer fires. When do they happen? The highest number of clothes dryer fires occur in January, and they occur overnight when families are asleep. Fires are more dangerous when they occur during the night. Fortunately, dryer vent fires are preventable, and there are signs of warning before it may occur.

Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

  • Your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry a moderately-sized load
  • Your dryer is hot to the touch and puts heat into your house
  • Your clothes are hot (not warm) when you take them out of the dryer
  • Condensation collects on surfaces and walls in your laundry room
  • Your vent hood doesn’t flap open freely the way it should
  • You notice a burning smell while the dryer is running
  • Your dryer vent wasn’t professionally installed
  • Your dryer vent hasn’t been cleaned in the last 12 months

All of these occurrences mean your dryer vent needs a professional service in order to prevent fire and property loss, save you money on utilities, repairs, and new appliances.

When you choose Magic Sweep to clean your dryer vent, you can rest assured that your dryer will work properly and efficiently—and last. Your dryer should last ten years, but when it takes 2-3 cycles to dry one load, it shortens the life of the appliance by 2-3 times! It also costs 2-3 times more than it should in electricity. The more your dryer is used, the faster the heating element will wear out, requiring repairs. If you have recurring dryer vent clogs, you may have an issue with the vent itself. If it wasn’t professionally installed, it is likely installed incorrectly.

Seven Facts About Dryer Safety that You May Not Know

  1. Dryer ducts should be 4 inches minimum
  2. Dryer ducts should not exceed 25 feet (90-degree turns are equivalent to 5 feet in length)
  3. Dryer vents should be independent of other household systems and terminate outdoors, not into chimneys, crawlspaces, or attics
  4. The dryer vent hood should prevent backdraft
  5. Metal transition ducts should be used between the dryer and exhaust duct
  6. Flexible transition ducts should never be used in an attic, crawlspace, or inside a wall
  7. Dryer vents should be installed by a professional to maintain warranties and to stay within municipal safety codes

If your dryer vent was not installed by a professional, it’s time to schedule a cleaning. If your dryer vent hasn’t been serviced in the last 12 months, it’s time to schedule a cleaning. Even if your dryer is working correctly presently, it needs to be cleaned annually to maintain performance and safety.

Call Magic Sweep

Magic Sweep doesn’t only clean chimneys. We’ll sweep your dryer vent clean without affecting your home, and you’ll be glad you called. Contact a dryer vent technician now by calling Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400.