5 Warning Signs That It’s Time for a Dryer Vent Cleaning

Many owners don’t realize it, but their clothes dryer can be one of the most dangerous appliances on their property.  Thousands of fires are started every year across North America due to clothes dryers, and many those are due to the dryer vents being clogged with lint, dust, and other debris.

Regular dryer vent cleaning is a must for keeping your Vancouver property safe.  If you or others on the property notice any of the following warning signs, it’s time to call in professional cleaners to restore proper dryer venting.

Five Signs You Need Vancouver Dryer Vent Cleaning ASAP

1 – There’s a burning smell when the dryer is being run.

If there’s a burning smell coming from the dryer, that means lint is already smoldering within the dryer or its vent.  From there, a larger fire could truly happen at any time, if only enough combustible material comes together.

2 – The dryer or its contents are painfully hot to the touch.

A dryer becomes hot, yes, but the exterior and the items inside should never be painfully hot.  This is a clear sign that it lacks proper dryer venting, and that heat buildup could easily spark a fire – or else cause the internal mechanisms or electronics to fail.

3 – Loads are taking longer to run.

The “right” amount of time for a dryer to do its job will vary between models and load sizes, but you should have a pretty good idea of how long a typical drying job takes.  If the dryer suddenly starts taking significantly longer to dry things, it almost certainly needs to be cleaned.

4 – The dryer periodically stops during operation.

Many newer dryers have a failsafe that shuts down operation if the internal temperature gets too high.  If the dry cycle is stopping without warning, it’s almost certainly related to heat and clogged vents.

5 – It’s been at least a year since your last inspection.

Even in the absence of overt signs of trouble, a dryer and its vents should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.  A small bit of regular maintenance can prevent much larger problems.

Get Thorough Professional Vancouver Dryer Vent Cleaning From MAS

MAS Duct Cleaning Services has years of experience with dryers and venting arrangements of all sizes and types.  Contact us today to ask about our service plans!