Clogged dryer vents have deeper and far-reaching effects than what many homeowners imagine. For instance, households could be experiencing higher energy bills and low operating efficiency in their HVAC systems which worsen with time. In addition to having your AC unit inspected and dismantled, you need to have your air ducts checked as well. This could save you money on utility bills, frequent repairs due to emergency breakdowns and AC replacement costs. At Sunrise Air Conditioning Repair, we know the costs and benefits of having your dryer vents inspected and cleaned regularly.
Dangers of Clogged Vents
The U.S. Fire Administration through its National Fire Data Center estimates that 12,480 structure fires are caused by clogged vents each year. While some of these cases result in injuries and loss of property, others are fatal. Thousands of home owners have been separately treated for poisonous gas fumes which back up into their homes thanks to blocked dryer vents.
Apart from the fires, dirty vent systems cause the HVAC units to operate inefficiently thus consuming lots of energy without necessarily giving quality output. This weakens the units and significantly shortens their lifespan.
Signs Your Dryer Vents are Clogged
In light of the above dangers, homeowners must take the necessary precautions to have their vents systems inspected and cleaned where necessary. However the question is-how can you tell its time to have your vents cleaned?
- Clothes taking longer than the normal drying cycle to be completely dry
- A musty odor coming from the clothes after a drying session
- Clothes becoming unusually hot after a drying cycle
- Incomplete opening of the vent hood flap during the operation cycle of the dryer vent
- More than 12 months have passed since the dryer vent was last cleaned
- Debris outside the dryer vent opening
Our Scheduled Dryer Vent Cleaning and Maintenance
Our professionals at Sunrise Air Conditioning Repair understand every component of your dryer vent system. They have the tools and the right training to access even the hidden and innermost sections of the dryer vents. This ensures they clean all the debris occurring along the lining of the ventilation pipes.
At the beginning of the cleaning process, our specialists will first check for a dryer vent cap which can be removed. After this, they insert a vacuum tube and snake brush deep into the ventilation pipe. This eradicates any loose debris lodged within the vent system.
Our special cleaning tools will scrap away and vacuum solid masses of debris while taking care of the elbows and the bends to ensure they are not left with hidden dirt and lint buildup. We also provide homeowners with diagnostic testing after the cleaning services. These tests give us the insight as to the amount of pressure to be sent through the vent system, the gases that may escape into your home and noticeable gaps within the ventilation pipe.
If you have any reason to suspect your dryer vent needs a professional inspection or cleaning get in touch with us and we shall see how to clean them in the most professional way.