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Why You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent

Why You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent

Whether you’re doing a typical load of laundry or you need to quickly dry a shirt you splashed water on, your clothes dryer affords you a lot of conveniences. But if you’re not careful, you could find yourself without the use of that appliance. For both safety and function purposes, you need to make sure you keep your dryer vent clean. Here’s why:

Longer Dry Times

If your dryer vent is dirty and filled with lint, there’s a chance that there won’t be enough airflow going through the unit — and your clothes will take much longer to dry. You may find yourself running the dryer two to three times before your clothes are ready to be taken out.

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Higher Utility Bills

If you’re forced to run your unit several times to get your clothes completely dry, that can significantly increase your utility bill. This is also the case when the airflow is limited because of a dirty filter; your dryer will have to work harder to operate, using more energy in the process.

Strain on the Unit

When a dirty vent causes your unit to work harder and use more energy, it puts more wear-and-tear on your unit. If left uncorrected, this can cause your dryer to experience more damage and eventually break down before its prime — leaving you with wet clothing.

Safety Risk

All the heat that can build up inside your dryer (due to a dirty vent) can end up starting a fire in your home. The main way to prevent this is by ensuring your dryer vent is free of lint and other blockages; there will be enough airflow so that heat can be expelled from your unit.

For more tips on keeping your home well-functioning and safe, keep up with our blog. And for all your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs around Hartford, give the experts at HARP Home Services a call.