3 Signs That it’s Time to Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

It's essential that homeowners have dryer vents cleaned to avoid risk to their homes and improve their air quality. Atlantic Duct Cleaning provides professional dryer vent cleaning, and we recommend that you have this done every one to two years. But, how do you know if you are overdue for this service? Let's take a look at three warning signs that it's time to get your dryer vent cleaned.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

1. Clothes Are Still Damp

When your clothes are still damp after a drying cycle, your vent probably needs to be cleaned. You will especially notice this with heavier materials such as jeans and towels. Your dryer vent is critical to ensuring that water is fully eliminated from the clothes and released outdoors during the drying cycle. Moisture can create pools of water in a dryer vent with a lot of buildup, resulting in conditions where mold and mildew will grow. 

2. Abnormally Hot Clothes or Dryer

If your dryer or your clothes are abnormally hot to the touch at the completion of a cycle, it's a sign that your vent needs attention. Dryer vents pose a risk of fire due to the excessive heat buildup when the lint blocks the flow of air. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are almost 3,000 dryer fires reported each year. The leading cause of those fires is failure to clean the dryer.

3. Dryer Shuts off Prematurely

Another warning sign that you have dryer buildup is that your dryer is shutting off before the cycle is finished. When your dryer vent is clogged with lint, it has to work harder and cannot operate efficiently. A properly maintained dryer vent will help achieve maximum performance, and can even extend the life of your dryer.

Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning

Atlantic Duct Cleaning offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee with our cleaning process which is certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Our skilled technicians can provide air duct cleaning in addition to our dryer vent cleaning service. Contact us at (703) 435-4485 if you are experiencing any of the above warning signs and would like to receive an estimate. We are proud to serve clients in Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Leesburg, Manassas, McLean, Reston, Vienna, and Woodbridge.


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