How Do I Know If My Dryer Vent is Clogged?

Having a dryer vent clogged in your home is a serious fire hazard and it is
something that needs to be fixed immediately. The question many people have is
this – how do I know if my dryer vent is clogged? Here are some indications.

– Drying Time

If you see that your clothes are no longer drying in a normal dry cycle, then
it is an indication that your dryer vent clogged up. Drying your clothes
should not take more than 30 to 40 minutes for every load.
When a dryer vent is clogged, it doesn’t allow the moist hot air to escape,
which means that your clothes remain hot and damp. So, if you notice that
your clothes are not drying properly, then it’s time to get the vents cleaned.

– Burning Smell

If there is a burnt smell coming from your dryer whenever a load is being
dried, then it that there is a dryer vent clogged.

– Exterior is Hot

If the exterior of your dryer is hot to the touch, it means that the appliance is
working twice as hard to do its job. Added to that, the heated, moist air is not
being expelled and that also contributes to the dryer getting hotter.
This means that the dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned out.

– Too Much Lint in the Lint Tray

We normally clean out the lint tray regularly, so we know how much lint
comes out of every drying cycle. However, if you notice that an excessive
amount of lint is getting trapped in the lint tray, then it is a sign that your
dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned out.
If you notice any of these signs, then you need to get your dryer’s vent cleaned.

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