A dryer works on the principle of introducing a stream of hot air into a rotating drum where wet clothes have been placed. Much like a hair dryer over wet hair, heated air passes over and through wet clothing in the drum, taking the moisture with it and exhausting it through a dryer vent. It also exhausts loose particles that make it past your lint filter, like lint, bits and pieces of clothing, dust, dirt, and anything else stuck to your clothing.
Your lint filter catches most of it, but some stuff makes it past and flows through your dryer vent where it may get stuck on any rough surface along the way. Over time, these particles will literally clog your dryer vent, and when that happens, you may either burn out the heating coils, the motor, or worse than that, start a fire inside the actual vent itself. A fire can spread from the vent to the wall and potentially burn down your home. When you notice your clothes are no longer drying properly, you may need your dryer vent cleaned.
Cleaning the Vent Yourself
The reality is that it is almost impossible to effectively and adequately clean the vent yourself. Cleaning a dryer vent is a specialty task that can only be done correctly with the right professional tools. Doing it yourself may cause actual damage to the vent itself, or cause more blockage, which can become a hazard or do damage to your dryer. This is especially true if you have long ductwork, ductwork that winds through walls, or ductwork that has several turns and angles, which are hot-spots for duct blockage.
What’s the Answer?
The only 100% effective way to get a dryer vent cleaned spot free the right way is to have it professionally done. A professional will have the right tools, the right know-how and the right experience, none of which a do-it-yourselfer can possibly have. Getting it professionally done means there won’t be any residue and essentially, your dryer vent will be as good as new.
Your local Bay Area HVAC services professional will get your dryer vent cleaned effectively and efficiently, whether its residential or commercial, all with one good cleaning. But more importantly than that, it will be done with your safety in mind. The vent will be cleaned and you won’t have to worry about it being a possible fire hazard anymore. Remember, safety first, for you, your family and your loved one. Only a professionally cleaned dryer vent gives you that safety, every time your dryer vent needs cleaning.