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Prevent House Fires With Regular Dryer Vent Cleanings

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Dryer Vent Cleaning is an important part of maintaining your home and should not be neglected. At Moore Mechanical, we want to insure that your home is a safe and healthy environment.

Key Benefits:
1 – Prevents Fire Hazards
2 – Helps Reduce Utility Bills
3 – Reduces Drying Times
4 – Helps increase the Life of Your Dryer
5 – Helps increase Dryer Efficiency

When should you clean your dryer vent?
If you notice that your dryer is taking longer than usual to dry, this is a sign to have your dryer vent cleaned out. Another sign is, if the top of the dryer is very hot when the dryer is in use. If you notice lint on the walls, ceiling, or under your dryer. This may mean that your dryer vent came loose or is clogged up.

How often should you have your dryer vent cleaned?
We recommend cleaning your dryer vent at least once per year. However, depending on the age of the dryer, the usage and the way your dryer ducts are installed, it may need to be cleaned out more frequently.

Why could a clogged dryer vent be a potential fire hazard?
A dryer may catch on fire when its vent system is not cleaned out regularly. Lint or debris that is collected inside the vent, blocks air movement through the dryer and out the exhaust. When there is slower air movement than more lint collects on the dryer drum, on the motor and sometimes on electrical connections inside the dryer. That is very bad!! Dry lint is highly combustible, and will catch fire next to heat sources inside the dryer. It is estimated that over 15,000 dryer fires occur each year as a result of poorly maintained dryer vents.

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