According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), washers and dryers caused approximately 15,970 home fires. Of those, 92 percent were caused by the latter, with the leading factor being a failure to clean and maintain the unit.
Twenty-seven percent of these incidents are caused by dust, fiber, or lint accumulation. The latter is a highly combustible material that forms as your fabrics tumble dry and, if allowed to build up in either the unit or vent, restricts airflow. The restriction in airflow can lead to the appliance overheating, creating a dangerous situation.
In addition to the risk of a home fire, a clogged dryer vent can impact your indoor air quality (IAQ) and lead to higher electrical or gas costs. It can also decrease the longevity of your clothes dryer. The warning signs of a clogged vent include:
- Overheating/shutting off
- A burning smell is noticed
- Laundry takes longer to dry
- Visible debris in the exterior exhaust vent flap
- The dryer is hot to the touch during operation
- The outer exhaust vent flap doesn’t open any, if at all
- Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the drying cycle
If you notice any of these warning signs, then don’t delay contacting TACT Elite Cleaning Services at (480) 335-6393 to schedule professional dryer vent cleaning, ensuring the safety of your laundry equipment. Additional benefits of this service include improved performance, IAQ, and longevity.
Dryer Safety Tips
#1. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
#2. Please do not use a dryer without a lint filter and clean it after use.
#3. Use rigid or flexible metal venting material to sustain proper airflow and performance.
#4. Ensure the air exhaust flap is not restricted and the outer vent flap opens.
#5. Maintain the dryer regularly to ensure it’s always in excellent operating condition.
#6. Avoid overloading the dryer and consider replacing dryer sheets with environmentally friendly wool balls. In addition, always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
#7. Always make sure to plug the appliance is plugged into a GFCI outlet.
#8. Schedule professional dryer vent cleaning once per year or more often for larger households or those who wash clothes more frequently.
#9. Never leave the dryer unattended. Always make sure to finish the cycle before going to bed or leaving home.
#10. The NFPA adds that clothes with any flammable substances on them should allow sufficient time for those items to dry outside before washing and drying them as usual.
Schedule Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Today
When was the last time your dryer vent was cleaned? If you can’t remember, it’s time to schedule professional dryer vent cleaning. Contact TACT Elite Cleaning Services today for an initial consultation and free estimate. We offer a full suite of home maintenance services not limited to carpet, disinfection, duct, and upholstery cleaning to promote a healthy and safe living environment. Let us clean your vents and ensure your clothes dryer operates efficiently and, most importantly, safely.
Campbell, Richard. “Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines.” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), March 2017.
“Clothes Dryer Safety.” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).