3 Simple Tips To Keep Your Dryer Vent Clean

Having a dryer that can’t dry your clothes is a frustrating scenario.

If you’re not a handyman or don’t know your way around a dryer, you’re probably not going to know what to look for and how to fix it.

What you shouldn’t do, however, is lose hope and toss the machine. The issue could be a lot simpler than you might think.

Simple Tips to Keep Your Dryer Running Strong

In most cases, there is one common culprit that renders dryers useless:

It’s called a dryer vent.

If this clogs up or breaks, your clothes won’t dry when they’re supposed to, leaving you with a soggy pile of underwear.

In this article, we are going to show you how to go about cleaning a dryer vent to make sure you are never left with damp clothes ever again.

Tip 1: Keep the Floor around the Dryer Clean

Did you know that the dirt around the dry cleaner can have an impact on dry cleaner’s performance?

For this reason, it is very important that you regularly sweep up any grit and dirt surrounding your machine. The dryer vent will have a habit of sucking any debris surrounding your machine.

And I think you know what that will lead to:

A clogged dryer vent, resulting in lovely damp clothes for you to wear during the day. Musty anyone!

Tip 2: Only Use Brief Dry Cycles

There is another reason your dryer vent could be clogging…

You’re using long cycles.

Here’s the thing about long cycles:

When you set your machine up for hours of drying, you’re not letting it breathe (so to speak).

There will be a lack of circulating air which can create a buildup of dirt. If you want to prevent your dryer vent from blocking, give your dryer a break and use 30-40 minute cycle more regularly.

Tip 3: Learn When Your Dryer Vent Might Need a Spring Clean

As with any machine, there will be warning signs when things start to go south and need a cleaning. 

With a dryer, if you learn these signs, you can stop the machine from breaking altogether.

There are signs that indicate your dryer might need a little bit of love.

These include:

  • Wet clothes after a drying cycle
  • Overly hot clothes after drying cycle
  • Larger amount of lint in the tray
  • Bad odor from the clothes after a drying cycle

If you notice any of these, it is time to give your dryer a service or hire a professional heating company to help you.

(Bonus Tip) Don’t Always Use Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are fantastic!

They give you that fresh smell in your clothes, and it is for this reason why they’re used as often as they are.
However, there is something you should know about these sheets:

They may cause issues for your dryer that clog its vent.

When you can, it is advisable to limit the use of dryer sheets when possible. You should also go easy on the fabric softener, as this can contribute to a blocked dryer vent.

Some Final Words

So there you have it!

It is important to take care of your dryer because, without out it, you’ll be soaking wet whenever you put on your freshly washed clothes.

Show your dryer some love and apply these tips today. If your issues are more severe contact Assured Comfort for service immediately, one of our experienced heating and air technicians can look at your machine and diagnose the issue(s) and provide a rapid solution. If you need to schedule service click on the link below.