You may think that since you remember to clean the lint trap on your clothes dryer before each load that you do not need to schedule an annual professional dryer vent maintenance service. However, that trap cannot collect all of the lint that your dryer produces! Lint can accumulate inside the vent, and this can be dangerous. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that dirty dryer vents caused the majority of the 5,100 clothes dryer fires in 2012.
This number has decreased over the years. On the contrary, these fires still resulted in ten deaths, 180 injuries, and approximately $80 million in property losses. Having your dryer vent professionally serviced each year is the best way to avoid this type of accidental house fire. All Seasons Chimney is proud to provide professional dryer vent cleaning and repair services to the residents of the lower Hudson Valley area. Now, we would like to tell you why this annual maintenance service is so important.
AVOID CLOTHES DRYER FIRES
The reason why a clogged and dirty dryer vent is such a dangerous fire hazard has to do with lint. Camping experts like The Boy Scouts of America recommend using lint as a campfire starter, because it is so flammable. When lint has accumulated in your dryer vent to the point of clogging the vent, it causes your dryer to overheat. These extremely high temperatures can easily ignite an accumulation of lint to start a fire. A fire which can spread quickly throughout your home. To avoid this fire hazard, you should have your vent professionally cleaned at least once a year.
EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR DRYER
When your dryer overheats due to a clogged vent, it can quickly wear out important parts of the appliance. The heating element is the most commonly affected component. It can be quite expensive to repair. In fact, you may be better off by purchasing a new clothes dryer. An annual professional dryer vent cleaning can prolong the life of this appliance.
IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR DRYER
One of the clearest signs that your dryer vent is clogged? When your clothes are still damp after a full drying cycle. When the vent needs to be cleaned, your dryer cannot function properly. Not only does having to dry one load of clothes for at least two cycles waste energy, it is also expensive. After a dryer vent cleaning from All Seasons Chimney, the energy efficiency of your dryer will be greatly improved. Plus, your monthly utility bills will decrease.
When was the last time you had your dryer vent professionally cleaned? Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our dryer vent maintenance services and avoid becoming another clothes dryer fire statistic!