According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 2,900 house fires are reported each year as the result of a misused or malfunctioning dryer.
The most common cause of these fires is a clogged ventilation system, with lint and other debris restricting proper airflow.
If you suspect your dryer vent is clogged, it must be dealt with right away. Here are a few warning signs to watch out for:
- The drying time keeps increasing. When a dryer vent is clogged, this can result in a drying cycle doubling or even tripling in time. You will notice that the clothes are not dry at the end of a normal cycle; a dryer is designed to push out the moist air, but a clogged vent will retain the hot and moist air in the machine, keeping the clothes damp.
- Clothes come out far too hot. Clothing or a dryer that is hot to the touch after a drying cycle is also a sign of a clogged vent, as the vent is not exhausting the built-up hot air properly. Not only is this a potential fire hazard in your home, it is also a waste of money and energy as the machine has to work harder, creating heavy wear and tear.
- Debris is visible outside the vent. A telltale sign of a clogged vent that is not properly ventilating is debris collecting around the dryer hose or the outside vent opening. An outside vent that does not open while the dryer is running means the airflow has been restricted. Whether caused by lint or something else, this will need to be fixed immediately.
If you have noticed any of these signs in your home, you should have the ventilation system inspected as soon as possible. Contact us online or at (781) 944-8043 to schedule an appointment.