Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Clothes dryers are appliances that make our lives easier but we often take them for granted, and we shouldn’t. We need to maintain them and most importantly have their vents cleaned because if we don’t the dryer won’t run as efficiently, and it’s a fire hazard.”
Glen Mayfield, Dryer Vent Wizard of Central Indiana: “The dryer is designed to exhaust the heat and the moisture while it’s drying. If that heat and moisture cannot get out of the dryer, then the dryer just sits there and keeps working itself but it can’t accomplish the drying, which then means the dryer works harder and heat builds up and that is what can lead to a dryer vent fire.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Dryer vent cleaning should be left to the experts. They have the proper tools and additionally they know whether your dryer vent meets code and they can fix it if it doesn’t.”
Homeowner Brian Pinkins was surprised to see what the technician discovered during a cleaning.
Brian Pinkins, Homeowner: “He got out his tools and started to snake through our vent. As he was doing that nothing was happening. He said he could feel a large jam. Well about five minutes later a whole lot of dust and debris and dryer lint started coming out along with a bird’s nest.”
Glen Mayfield, Dryer Vent Wizard of Central Indiana:The longer the vent, the harder it is for the dryer to get the lint out, but it is accomplished by the dryer if the vent is clean. But those homes with longer vents are more susceptible to fire.”))
Brian Pinkins, Homeowner: “I’m sure it was just a matter of time before something would have really happened.”
A cleaning typically costs between $100 and $150, depending on the length and location of the vent. In addition to the reduced threat of fire, a cleaning can actually pay for itself in less than a year through the improved efficiency with less drying time required.
Angie's List tips:
Signs it’s time to clean: Dryer gets hot to the touch; Drying takes more than one cycle
Dryer vent cleanings cost $100-$150
Length of vent determines cost