Dryer Vent Cleaning
Failure to clean.
Those words should never describe dryer upkeep in your PA home.
The leading cause of dryer fires is the failure to clean the appliance, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The organization says failure to clean sparked 32 percent of dryer fires annually from 2014 to 2018 in the U.S.
Other dryer fire causes include mechanical and electrical failures. Around 78 percent of dryers that caught fire were electric, and the rest were gas-powered.
What should you clean in your dryer to prevent fire in your Johnstown home? Lint buildup.
Clean the lint screen and remove loose lint from the dryer drum after every load of laundry. Inspect and clean the dryer vent and duct at least once a year to prevent fires and ensure your dryer runs efficiently.
Link Service Heating & Cooling is your professional company for dryer vent cleaning. We also inspect and clean heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork, which prevents dirt and dust in your air ducts from circulating through your heating and cooling equipment and into your living space.
Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning
If you notice your laundry takes longer to dry, there is a good chance you need to remove lint buildup in the vent and duct. Although the removable lint screen in your dryer catches most debris, it may not prevent all lint from passing into the dryer, especially if it is clogged.
The debris can accumulate in the vent and duct, restricting airflow and causing overheating and possibly a fire. If the top of your dryer feels hot every time you dry a load of laundry, its ductwork may be clogged.
Cleaning the Vent and Duct
Diehard do-it-yourselfers may insist on cleaning their dryer vent and duct but must remember to unplug the dryer and turn off the gas supply before tinkering with the appliance.
A handy homeowner must be strong enough to move the dryer away from the wall and know how to disconnect the duct, clean it, reconnect it, and ensure the outdoor dryer vent is not stuck open or closed.
At Link Service Heating & Cooling, we quickly clean and inspect all necessary elements, using professional tools and following safety protocols. We check your dryer vent and duct for damage and code violations. After reassembling your dryer, we run it to ensure it operates safely and efficiently in your Johnstown home.
After a professional vent and duct cleaning, you will operate your dryer with confidence and peace of mind.
Tips for Safe Drying
- Always run your dryer with a clean lint screen.
- Dust and vacuum around the dryer. Keep the area clean and free of storage boxes, cleaning products, and clothing. Avoid piling clothing or laundry baskets on top of the dryer.
- Schedule a professional to inspect the gas line and connections for leaks.
- Avoid overloading your dryer.
- The outdoor vent cover should open when your dryer operates. Be sure it is not stuck open or closed but moves freely. Remove shrubs, lawn furniture, snow, and other obstructions from the vent.
- Turn your dryer off before leaving your home or going to bed.
- Hand wash and hang dry clothing soiled with flammable substances, such as gasoline.
Call the Pros to Clean Your Dryer Vent
Let Link Service Heating & Cooling inspect and clean your dryer vent and duct in Johnstown, PA. Our qualified technicians will clear debris and ensure airflow is unrestricted. We can clean your HVAC ductwork, too. Call us at (814) 472-9141 or request service online.