The Warning Signs of a Dirty Dryer Vent
First things first, you need to make sure you clean your lint trap after every use; this ensures the air moves freely inside the machine so it can dry your clothes. Small fibers can still get through the trap and over time, it can clog up your dryer vent.
On top of cleaning the dryer vent, it’s also important to clean the moisture sensors to ensure they work properly. Most new dryers now come with moisture sensors which work by automatically shutting the dryer off when they sense the laundry is dry. If you suspect your dryer vent is in need of a cleaning, call the office and ask to speak to your maintenance coordinator.
Here are a few signs to watch out for if your dryer is acting up.
- Drying time for clothes takes longer and longer. A clogged dryer vent can result not only in soggy laundry, but money and energy wasted on multiple cycles.
- Your dryer and clothing are very hot. This warning sign means the vent is not exhausting properly.
- Burning or musty smells. It’s not just a matter of unpleasant smells, however, as the trapped heat and humidity can turn into mildew.
- It’s been longer than a year since your last inspection. Dryer vent ducts should be inspected at least once a year to reduce the risk of fires.
An additional service that can be provided to owners is our Semi-Annual Inspection Program. This is a great tool to aid the owner in determining if they would like to renew with the current tenants based on signs of neglect. This preventive property inspection can help uncover damages that will deplete the tenant’s Security Deposit. It also prevents owners from having additional repair costs. For more information, please call our office and ask to sign up for our Semi-Annual Inspection Program.
Information was provided by Arco Comfort Air, LLC: Five Problems That Can Arise From Dirty Dryer Vents