Updated: Dec 15, 2018
Did you know that clogged dryer vents are the number one cause of all household fires? With some 15,000 structure fires annually associated with clothes dryers, any of the following conditions might indicate that it’s time to have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned.
Incorrect Installation or Length
If the dryer duct is not installed correctly or is too long, it might not meet code. As a result, the airflow through the duct can be greatly reduced, causing energy to be wasted. Longer drying times create excessive heat within the duct, increasing the chance of a fire.
Dryer Vent Exhausts Out the Roof
For dryer vents which exhaust through the roof, many times a vent cap or some type of screen is installed to stop rain from entering the vent or to prevent birds from building nests in them. Lint build up can occur quickly at these caps and screens. The location also makes it inconvenient and difficult to check on a regular basis.
Long Drying Times
Even though your dryer has a lint screen, lint still gets through or passed it. Over time, lint will accumulate within the dryer duct. As the duct becomes more restricted, the time required for clothes to dry increases. This increased drying time increases your utility bill and causes excessive wear and tear on the appliance.
If you are concerned about or are experiencing any of the above conditions, it is advised that you consult with a Tampa Air Systems Dryer Vent Professional to assess your dryer exhaust for any unsafe conditions. 800-980-4527