Clothes slow to dry? This is a sure sign your dryer vent needs cleaning.
Clothes dryers work by blowing heated air through your clothes thereby removing moisture. Little pieces of the fabric - what we know as lint - are removed during this process. While cleaning the lint trap after each load is crucial, lots of lint makes its way through this filter and into the vent itself. Once the vent becomes clogged you will notice that your clothes make require 2 or more cycles to get dry. Electric dryers will cost you about $1 per load cycle so doubling the time it takes to dry the clothes becomes extra costly. A clothes dryer is one of the most costly to operate among your household appliances so keeping it performing at optimum operation really helps the gas or electric bill and may cost you an extra $20 a month or more!
Dryer lint may be the most dangerous and flammable substance in your home.
The extra cost of running your dryer an extra cycle is minimal compared to the fire safety hazard caused by clogged dryer vents. Lint buildup in the exhaust vent or outside of your dryer then it can block the flow of air, raising the operating temperature of the dryer; this causes overheating that can lead to a fire behind the dryer or inside of the vent. You may be perplexed when the dryer stops during its cycle, but this is another warning sign of a dirty dryer vent.
Please be aware that plastic or foil accordion type venting is not suitable, does not meet fire safety codes and cause poor performance. Dryer manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow for optimal performance and safety. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow and cause your dryer to malfunction. We offer replacement venting and installation.
DRYER VENT CLEANING RATES
Clean dryer vent $99
Replace dryer venting and components, if needed, $250 and up
Ask about discounts for Senior Citizens and Military
B&D Chimney Services & Dryer Vent Cleaning Phone 804-266-6163 Serving Richmond, Virginia & Tri-Cities area including Bon Air, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Mechanicsville, Goochland, Varina