Clothes Dryer Problems? It May Be Time For A Dryer Vent Cleaning Or Reroute

Are you having problems with your clothes dryer? You might just need to have your dryer vent cleaned or rerouted. So before you head to the big box stores and invest in a new appliance, read more about vent blockages and dryer vent paths and consider whether one of these common issues is to blame.

The Problem With Lint

Quick pop quiz! A lint-clogged dryer vent can do the following, yes or no:

  1. Significantly reduce the efficiency of your dryer
  2. Waste time and money
  3. Shorten the lifespan of your clothes dryer
  4. Cause performance issues

The answer is all of the above! How can a little lint do all that? Well, as lint builds up inside of the vent, it reduces airflow, which in turn leads to the accumulation of even more lint. Without adequate airflow, the clothes dryer will have these problems:

  • Take longer to dry your clothes, which means multiple cycles, higher energy bills, and wasted time.
  • Have to run hotter to do its job, possibly igniting lint and causing a dryer vent fire.
  • Wear and tear faster than it would otherwise.
close up of new aluminum dryer vent hose

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that between 2010 and 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. What does that look like in property loss costs? $238 billion. That’s a big number! Unfortunately, some of these fires cost more than just the loss of property — 13 lives were lost and 440 people were injured.

And appliance malfunction or failure wasn’t the leading cause of clothes dryer fires — in fact, the #1 contributing factor was failure to clean. What can you do to keep your dryer running efficiently and prevent dryer fire in your home? It’s easy — call Sleep Easy!

We use a powerful power sweep brush system to clear all debris from your dryer vent, including lint. When we’re done, you won’t have to worry about your dryer overheating or lint-clogged vents limiting airflow or sparking a fire. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy the convenience of having a clothes dryer, without the worry.

How often should you have your dryer vent power swept by our team? It depends on use, but we recommend annual power sweepings — it’s a cost-effective and mess-free service that makes it easy to protect your home, prevent house fire, and keep your clothes dryer running at peak levels of efficiency and safety.

When The Dryer Vent Route Becomes A Problem

Long, winding dryer ducts can significantly reduce airflow to your dryer, especially if there are elbows, turns, or crushed areas in the venting. Once airflow is restricted, you’ll experience the same problems you would have if your vent was clogged with lint — and in many cases, restricted airflow does lead to the buildup of lint. So what are some concerns caused by a long clothes dryer exhaust vent?

  • Poor dryer performance, which means longer dry times, multiple cycles, and wasted time and energy.
  • Increased chance of dryer fire or carbon monoxide poisoning (if you have a gas dryer).
  • Shorter lifespan for your clothes dryer.
Dryer Vent Power Sweep Infographic showing how the cleaning service is performed

Save Time & Money & Reduce Fire Risks — Call Sleep Easy Today To Schedule Your Dryer Vent Service

Why deal with the time waste, extra expense on your energy bills, and the need to invest in a new clothes dryer before you have to? Why worry about devastating fires or carbon monoxide poisoning? Instead, sleep easy by calling Sleep Easy.

Whether you have an issue with a clogged dryer vent or you need to have your dryer vent rerouted in a way that boosts efficiency and airflow and reduces fire risk, you can count on our team to take care of it for you. We’ve been solving dryer-related problems for our clients in the greater Kansas City area for more than three decades and we’re here to help when you need us. Call 816-471-4435 or reach out to us here on our website to request an appointment today. We hope that you take advantage of our dryer vent services. Let us make your home safer and healthier today.

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