Is Your Dryer Vent Clogged? Here's How to Tell

One of the most obvious signs that the dryer vent is clogged is that clothes and garments will take much longer to dry. If your laundry is still damp even after a full drying cycle, there's a good chance that the dryer vent is blocked. This can prevent the dryer from working properly and also poses a serious fire hazard. Most of the time, the clogged dryer vent is caused by an accumulation of lint, or in some cases, other loose debris.

Below are some of the top warning signs to look out for when trying to find out if the dryer vent is clogged:

  • Clothes take longer to dry
  • The dryer gets too hot
  • The outside of the dryer gets too hot
  • There's a burning smell coming from the dryer
  • The lint trap has too much lint
If the dryer vent is clogged, it will take longer and longer for clothes to dry, as the clogged dryer vent traps air and keeps clothes warm and humid. A clogged dryer vent traps heat and moisture in the dryer, creating a perfect home for mold and mildew. Cleaning a clogged dryer vent isn't as difficult as it seems, and we have step-by-step instructions on how to do it. Obstructed dryer ventilation may be due to the buildup of lint in the ventilation system or to objects in the pockets, such as gum wrappers or coins.

When the exhaust vent is clogged with lint, the dryer cannot effectively release heat and moisture. When the dryer removes moisture from clothes, all that moisture has to go somewhere, and the vent carries it comfortably from inside the dryer through a hole in the wall of the house and expels it into the atmosphere. If you take your clothes out of the dryer after a cycle and they still feel damp, it means it's time to clean the dryer vent. Try vacuuming the vent several times to fix the problem. If it is completely blocked, then your dryer won't be able to work at all. You may not be able to remember when you last cleaned your dryer vent, so it's best to go ahead and have it checked out.

While it's easy to forget about this important part of your laundry room, it's actually just as important, if not more so, to keep your dryer vent clean and free. Most packages designed for cleaning a clogged dryer vent are designed for ventilation systems less than ten feet long and most homes have vents for much longer. The use of this equipment causes a clog, making it difficult for a professional to remove the clog. Whether your dryer won't start, you can't figure out what's wrong with it, or you just don't have time in your schedule to repair it yourself, Puls is here to help.

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Bart Iacopino

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