A dryer vent enables you to release your home’s hot air and moisture to the outside environment. Keeping your dryer vent clean is crucial for both energy efficiency and safety purposes. This is because a dirty dryer vent also comprises one of the biggest reasons for home fire hazards. A clogged dryer duct filled with dirt, dust, and lint leads to impaired functioning, resulting in wastage of time and resources. Therefore, if you notice that your dryer is taking more time (two or more cycles) to polish off wet loads, it is high time to check your ductwork.
Following is an easy step guide to help you clean your dryer vent quickly and effectively:
Step 1: Find the vent
To thoroughly clean your dryer’s ventilation system, you first need to figure out its exact location from starting to the end. Typically, dryers are attached to a short, 4-inch diameter exhaust pipe, further connected to the ductwork inside the wall. After detecting your outdoor dryer exhaust vent, look inside for any debris, including dirt, dust, or dead insects. Then, try to wash the screens while clearing out all the visible obstructions.
Step 2: Disconnect your dryer with caution
Once you have adequate knowledge and whereabouts of the starting and endpoints of your duct, you are ready to unplug the dryer. After detaching the plug, pull out the metal tapes and clamps linked with your dryer vent pipe to its exhaust. However, to avoid pipe breakage, make sure to apply gentle pressure while pulling the vent pipe from the wall.
Step 3: Vacuum the lint
At this stage, you will get a clear view inside the dryer vent from the laundry room wall. Now, you can use a vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment to pull out any lint accumulation in and around the hole. Consider repeating the process on the outside duct if you have a handheld vacuum. Or else, consider cleaning the debris manually from the outside.
Step 4: Go deep with a brush
In this step, you should connect your dryer brush to your power drill while inserting the brush end of the rod into the duct. Try pushing the brush as far as possible, but keep in mind that you need to skillfully hose the attachment depending on the route your duct takes. However, if you cannot direct your brush to the entirety of your vent, or if your brush isn’t long enough to reach the other end, you can consider inserting the brush in the outside duct.
Step 5: Clean up and reconnect
During this final step of the cleaning procedure, you can expect a generous amount of lint to come flooding out of the wall. Therefore, consider using a vacuum cleaner, broom, or dustpan to clean out the dirt. After cleaning, plug back your dryer into the outlet and reconnect your wall duct.
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