According to the U.S. Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.
"Clothes dryers are an appliance that make our lives easier but we often take them for granted. We shouldn't," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks. We need to maintain them and most importantly have their vents cleaned." Hicks Recommends you leave the dryer vent cleaning to the professionals. "They have the proper tools and additionally they know whether your dryer vent meets code and they can fix it if it doesn't."
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If your dryer is displaying any of the following signs, it needs to be serviced.
The dryer is producing heat, but the time it takes to dry clothes takes longer and longer.
When a cycle is finished the clothes are still damp.
After a cycle is complete the clothes are noticeably hotter than usual.
The outdoor flapper on the vent hood remains closed when the dryer is running.