One of the leading causes of house fires in the United States is an ill-maintained dryer. It’s important to clean the lint trap each time you use the dryer, but it’s much easier to forget the importance of a clear dryer vent. Lint and debris can build up in your vent and cause issues for the heat and air flow that can eventually result in a house fire. With this, it is important to inspect your dryer for blockage every year carefully. You may even want to invest in an alert system. Outside of yearly maintenance, here are four things to look for to determine whether your dryer vent is blocked.
1. Increasing Length of Drying Time
If your clothes used to dry in, for example, one cycle, but are taking longer and longer to actually dry over time, it could be a sign of a blocked dryer vent. A blocked vent will result in an inefficient dryer, which could mean a doubled (or even tripled) drying time. The inability of a dryer to vent the hot, moist air out of the machine will result in inefficiency, disrepair, and wet laundry. This may not be the appliance itself–be sure to check your dryer vent if your laundry is taking increasingly more time to dry.
2. High Heat
If your dryer is significantly hot to the touch after a drying cycle, or you notice that your laundry is warmer than usual, it could be a sign that the machine is not exhausting efficiently. One reason for this could be a lack of heat leaving the dryer vent, which could be caused by lint and other debris blocking the vent. When the heat can’t leave your dryer through the vent, the heat of the machine itself increases, and this plays a huge role in the fire hazard that is a blocked dryer vent.
3. Burning Smell
A burning smell is one of the most reliable indicators of a dryer malfunctioning due to a blocked vent. Because lint is an extremely flammable material, build up in your dryer vent can lead to burning it when you run a dry cycle. Lint can build up in just about every part of the dryer, and if it catches on fire in your dryer vent, it can have devastating results. If you notice a burning smell while running your dryer, turn it off and have it inspected immediately.
4. Vent Hood Flap Malfunctions
While a burning odor is one of the most obvious signs of vent blockage, the vent hood can hold some important visual cues that your machine needs maintenance. Lint built up around the dryer hose and hood flap can indicate a lack of movement through the vent. If the duct hood flap is not opening properly, then it will keep air from moving outside as intended, meaning the dryer vent is blocked and not moving air as it should, posing a huge fire hazard.
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