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How to Clean Your Dryer Vent

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Do you know how to clean your dryer vent? According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 fires start from dryers each year. Failure to clean the dryer (34%) is the leading cause of those fires. They can happen any time of year but occur most often in the fall and winter months. While most people may not pay much attention to performing routine maintenance on their dryers, it’s an essential task. This short blog will teach you how to clean your dryer.

Cleaning your dryer is necessary to keep you and your family safe. It’s simple. Whenever you remove a load from the dryer, clean any lint from the screen. Also, check for hose blockages and leaks every six months. Finally, clean your dryer hose and ductwork once a year.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your dryer vent in order to prevent a fire:

  • Unplug your dryer and turn off the gas if you have a gas dryer.
  • Remove your lint trap and remove any lint from the screen.
  • Take a brush and bend it to run inside the lint trap. Then you can follow up with a vacuum to suck up any lint and leftover dirt.
  • Pull the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the exhaust duct tube.
  • Slide the exhaust tube off the dryer and the port (hole in the wall) and use a vacuum to clean out the dryer exhaust tube.
  • While you have the dryer pulled out, vacuum off the back of the dryer, the washer, and the wall behind both. Eliminate as much lint as possible. A clean laundry room is safer than a lint-covered one.
  • Re-attach the dryer tube to the wall and the dryer.
  • Gently push the dryer back towards the wall, careful not to crush the tube.
  • Locate your exterior dryer vent. If you can reach it, clean it out, too.
  • Make sure to close the vent properly, and you’re done!

Learning how to clean your dryer vent is important to the health and safety of your entire family. Take the time to clean your dryer annually and inspect it at least twice a year. It doesn’t take much time and will make one of the hardest-working rooms in your home safer and cleaner.

For all appliance repair questions or concerns, call the trusted technicians at A.B. May at 913-370-4898.


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