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Warning Signs

Warning Signs

Clothes (especially jeans and towels) take longer time to dry.
2. Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the cycle.
3. Outside vent hood doesn't move when the dryer is on.
4. The vent has not been clean in the last year.
5. Dryer keeps shutting off before the end of the timer.
6. Visible lint accumulates behind the dryer.
7. Birds entering the outside vent entrance.

If you notice any of these signs, schedule the Dryer Vent Doctor immediately.

Safety Tips For Dryer Operation

Clean the lint trap after each use. Also once a month check the lint screen, by making sure that water can pass through. If water is staying on top of the lint screen then clean it with old toothbrush and hot soapy water.
2. Move the dryer and vacuum lint that has collected behind and underneath.
3. Do not place a nylon stocking or bug screen over the outside vent hood or other openings.
4. It is preferable not to use soft flexible ducts for vent piping. These are typically plastic films or some foil material placed over wire coils. Metal ducts will not burn if lint inside the duct catches fire.
5. Do not kink or crush the vent pipe or fittings to make up for a lack of room behind the dryer. Vent only to the outside - do not vent the dryer into an attic or crawl space.
6. Make sure the exterior vent cap is not obstructed. Trim shrubbery around the vent in order to maintain at least 12 inches of clearance.
7. Do not use the dryer for drying clothes or rags which have been used to absorb flammable liquids.
8. Never use your dryer when you are asleep or away from home.
9. Don't forget to read manufacturers' warnings in use and care manuals that accompany new dryers. Also, warning markings can usually be found on the inside of the dryer's lid and take only minutes to read.

Why clean your Dryer Vents?

1. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. (Document #5022)
2. State Farm stated that these fires caused $97.3 million in damage. This doesn't include sentimental value.
3. Reduce dry time, which helps lessen wear and tear on your clothing. Increasing the life of your clothing.
4. Reduced energy costs.
5. Dryer last much longer since it’s not operating at these higher temperatures.

What causes a Dryer Fire?

Dryers must vent the hot air from the dryer to the outside of the house. Lint becomes detached from the clothes and is carried out through the exhaust. If lint builds up in the exhaust pipe or inside the dryer, it slows the air movement through the dryer and out the exhaust. The slower air movement causes more lint to collect on the backside of the dryer drum, on the dryer motor, or on the electrical connections inside the dryer, placing the highly combustible lint on top of and adjacent to heat sources inside the dryer.
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