Cleaning your Laundry Dryer Vent

Clogged Dryer Vent

For most people cleaning out your laundry dryer is not only a pain, but also very difficult.

First and foremost there are safety precautions that must be followed. Allowing excess lint to build up in your dryer vent can restrict air flow, putting your home at risk for dryer exhaust fires and it keeps pollutants, such as carbon monoxide from exhausting properly from your home.

BEFORE YOU START: Unplug your dryer and shut off the gas if you have a gas dryer.

  • Pull your dryer away from the wall so the vent is accessible. Use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp and remove the vent from the wall.
  • Use a vacuum or your hands to remove as much lint as possible from the wall vent as well as the vent that goes from the dryer to the wall. Most lint will build up at the ends of the vent. If there is a large build-up of lint in the dryer-to-wall vent it can be removed completely and either taken outside and cleaned with a dryer vent brush or replaced. A dryer vent brush shouldn’t be used inside, as it will bring large amounts of dust and lint into the house.
  • Reattach the dryer-to-wall vent, retighten the clamp, and slide the dryer back into place.
  • Locate the outside end of your dryer vent and remove the cover by sliding it straight out. The cover may be secured with caulk or screws. If it is secured with caulk use a utility knife to cut it away.
  • Lint near the end of the vent can be removed with a vacuum or your hands. Use a dryer vent brush to remove lint located further in the vent.
  • After you have removed a majority of the lint, plug in the dryer, and turn on the
  • gas (for gas dryers) but do not put the cover back yet.
  • Run the dryer on the air fluff setting for 10–15 minutes. This cycles air without drying and will help remove any leftover lint particles.
  • Put the outside vent cover back and reapply caulk if necessary.
  • In addition to cleaning the exhaust vent regularly, it is essential that you clean the
  • dryer’s lint screen after each use. This action helps with fire safety and efficient
  • drying.

If this sounds intimidating to you, the easiest thing you can do is contact the dryer vent cleaning professionals ABC Cleaning, Inc.

About ABC Cleaning, Inc. of Orlando, FL

Serving Central Florida since 1992, ABC Cleaning, Inc. has been the acknowledged leader in air duct cleaningchimney cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning. We’re NADCA certified, we consistently invest in and have the most modern equipment, and utilize the latest technology available with the best-trained service technicians in all of Orlando. If you need help deciding whether to replace or repair faulty ducts, please contact us at ABC. We provide quality HVAC service throughout Orlando and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call today at 407-381-2120. We are here to help!

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