Air ducts are not the only duct system in your home that accumulates debris. The dryer vent is another duct that needs to be periodically serviced, and in this case, it could be a matter of life or death. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, nearly 16,000 dryer fires are reported every year, and the most common cause is lint accumulation. Lint can build up in the dryer’s components and duct system for two reasons: improperly installed ducts or dirty dryer vents. The lint backs up and blocks the air flow, causing the system to overheat.
If you own a gas dryer, the jeopardy could be double as blocked dryer vents can cause the exhaust gases to leak back to the house. Carbon monoxide can be lethal, and exposure to lower levels of this colorless, odorless gas can cause flu-like symptoms.
But how do you know if you should have your dryer vent professionally cleaned?
• If you haven’t had it serviced it since it was installed
• If it takes more than one cycle for the load to dry completely
• If you notice the area the dryer where starts to get excessively warm
Call our Fort Worth Dryer vent cleaning experts. They can help you determine if your dryer vent needs servicing or if there might be another problem.