Do you know the importance of a clean dryer vent? Do you remember the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? If you’re not sure when your dryer vent was installed, then you most likely need to schedule a cleaning right now. Your dryer vent is one of the most important system in the home. It can also be a pain if it’s not properly maintained. Don’t neglect your dryer vent because it could be devastating for you and your family.
Dryer Vent Fires
According to authorities, there are nearly 3000 dryer vent fires reported in the U.S. every year. These type of fires caused about 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss each year. The U.S. Fire Administration also reported that the leading cause of house fires is the failure to clean dryer system, which means that these type of fires are super preventable!
You can make sure your home remains safe by scheduling professional services for your dryer. This might include a new dryer vent installation, dryer vent repair, or dryer vent cleaning. It could also save you money on the long run as a clean dryer vent will run smoother and will less likely to break down.
We Clean Dryer Vents Year-Round
At West Texas Chimney and Venting Solutions, we take safety extremely serious. We also know the importance of saving money. When you schedule a professional dryer vent service with us, you will benefit from longer-lasting appliances, less utility costs, and less wear-and-tear on your wardrobe! Many homeowners don’t realize how much money and energy their dryers have been wasting, until it works properly for the first time. Only a professional knows the ins and outs of dryer safety codes. A professional who is a CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician makes your safety a top priority, and they also know the guidelines to keep your families safe.
- Dryer ducts should be less than 4 inches in diameter, and they should be as large as the dryer outlet.
- The dryer vent system should not exceed 25 feet (and each 90 degree turn accounts for 5 feet of total length).
- Dryer vents should be independent of all other systems and terminate outdoors.
- The outside outlet should have a termination hood to prevent back draft coming back into the vent system.
- Metal transition ducts should be used between the dryer and exhaust duct.
- Flexible transition ducts should never be used in an attic, crawl space, or inside walls.
When to Call a Professional
It’s time to call a professional if you can’t remember the last time your dryer vent was serviced. You should also call a professional if your dryer starts to give you problems. This is a job best handled by the professionals; it’s definitely not a do-it-yourself job. Call our professionals right now!
Some signs for a problematic dryer vent are the evident while others are not. If your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry a load and it’s less than 3 years old, it has a clog. Running your dryer two or three times for one load, doubles or triples the amount of electricity used, and shortens the life of your appliance by two or three times. If your dryer is hot to the touch or heats the laundry room, it isn’t working properly and most likely has a clog. The main job of your dryer vent should vent excess heat out of the home.
Start saving money now by properly taking care of your dryer vent while also avoiding the hassle of replacing your expensive appliance every few years. Call West Texas at 806-358-0817 and have our appliance professionally installed, repaired, or cleaned.