In some dryer vents, a 1/4 inch lint build-up can cause the machine to work 40% harder. Dryer vents do not need to be totally plugged before they affect the machine performance. How quickly a lint build-up will affect your unit depends on various factors. Regardless of the level of lint that exists, we thoroughly brush clean the entire vent system.
Where a fire initiates
Observe the charred lint being lifted from the top of the dryer's heating element. (Drum has been removed to view components)
Consumer Product Safety Commission 2003 Clothes Dryer & Lint
“Lint begins to accumulate inside a dryer chassis upon first use. Lint accumulates inside a dryer even with properly vented exhaust ducting and with a properly maintained lint screen. Lint accumulates on the dryer’s components, including the heater and the dryer floor. Seals in the dryer’s interior exhaust venting may not be adequate to prevent linty air from escaping into the dryer’s interior.”
Total Care Inside and Out
We start with the inspection of the entire dryer followed by the venting system that connects at the back of the machine and leads outdoors.
If the dryer brand is such that the cleaning requires opening the machine to gain access to the components, our staff is trained to do so.
We prove we did EXACTLY what we said we would do once we are completed with the work we performed.
Dryer fires can occur even if the dryer vent is completely clean.
Dryer fires initiate nearest the heat source which is why a trusted dryer repair professional who understands machine performance should service your unit. A partially or fully plugged vent reduces the required air flow which may cause the dryer to run at higher temperatures. However, it is the build-up inside the dryer that will ignite first.
"Safety isn't expensive, it's priceless."
"My lint screen captures all the lint".
The lint filter captures 90-95% of the lint produced during each dry cycle. The remainder bypasses the screen resulting in a portion adhering to the moist passageway (the lint chute, the fan assembly, the interior dryer duct, the transition vent, and finally the dryer vent/duct system leading outdoors). Restricted passageways caused by lint build up can reduce airflow and affect machine performance.
Lint buildup reduces airflow which can lead to:
A thorough brushing of the dryer vent system starting from the back of the dryer and leading to the outside of the home is the most effective way to removing all soft and hard lint deposits.
Occasionally we find that a metal 4 inch vent or duct inside the wall was not installed correctly resulting in lint and moisture escaping the vent into the walls. For all dryers the warm, moist air trapped in the walls creates concerns about mold. For gas dryers there is the additional concern regarding the carbon monoxide in the air stream that is not exiting the home. Not to worry, we have repaired or installed numerous vent systems over the years and can recommend the best and most economical solution.
Of the 15,000 dryer related fires that occur each year, "Failure to clean is the leading contributing factor to the ignition of clothes dryer fires."-- FEMA*
The U.S. Fire Administration states, “The most likely items to ignite first are clothing near the dryer, as well as dust, fiber, lint, etc. This can be any place that collects dust and lint, such as within the dryer chassis, on the lint screen, around the dryer or in the dryer duct that carries the lint from the dryer to the outside of the home."
All Dryer Manufacturers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Fire Protection Association and Consumer Reports recommend regular thorough cleanings of both your clothes dryer and venting system.
*FEMA - Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings 2008–2010 Volume 13, Issue 7 / August 2012).
We Inspect The Entire Vent System
Plastic, Mylar, or collapsible foil flex hoses reduce air flow. When the dryer is pushed back these non-compliant products compress to less than the 4" diameter required by manufacturers and local building codes. In addition, the corrugations in the material create perfect crevices for lint accumulation. Corrugated vents also cause airflow turbulence which delays the exit of moisture & lint from your home. This contributes to more rapid build up of lint within the vent.
Plastic and collapsible foil or mylar flex vents are flammable and should be replaced with 100% metal dryer vents that maintain the required 4" minimum diameter when compressed or turned.
Our dryer vent cleaning process will restore maximum dryer efficiency, reduce machine energy consumption, extend the lifespan of your dryer, and reduce the possiblility of overheating.
We Clean & Inspect:
It's NOT One Size Fits All.
Most dryers and vent systems require cleaning every 1 to 5 years. Some manufacturer warranties require annual cleaning.
Variables That Affect Cleaning Frequency Include:
We will assess your dryer and vent installation and be able to advise the appropriate service frequency required for your unique system.
Value: The Most Thorough Cleaning and Inspection Service In Town!
Time: We allot up to 90 minutes for each Full Service Appointment.
Fees: Full Service Cleanings range from $189.00 to $269.00 depending on:
Group Discounts are available for qualifying organizations. When completing the online request form please ask to speak with the field manager who will be happy to provide more details.
Our Top Rated Dryer Service*
MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY!
Of the companies receiving online reviews, less than 1% nationwide receive the highest service award from the parent company that now owns both Angie's List & HomeAdviser.
2019 was our 8th consecutive year receiving this Super Service Award.
"We'll go out of our way to provide the best service you've ever received."
-Jeff Boese, Founder & Owner
*In affiliation with Champion Appliance Care, LLC.