5 Dryer Vent Facts Every Homeowner Should Know

by | Nov 12, 2021 | Dryer vents

Did you know that improperly installed vents can cause dryers to break down, air conditioners to clog, and even pose a fire risk?

If you have noticed that your clothes are still damp and wrinkled after two cycles, you should check your dryer vent

In our experience cleaning dryer vents in Greater Toronto Area, we have found that a clogged or improperly installed vent will cause your clothes to dry slowly. A sign that your dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned is that clothes start taking longer to dry. 

1. What is a dryer vent?

On the back of every dryer is a 4-inch diameter metal vent that expels the water-laden air (moisture). With most dryers, you cannot blow this air into your house. The air is moved from the dryer to the exterior with a flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid tube. One end of this tube attaches to the dryer, and the other end attaches to a hole cut in the side of the house.

2. The proper way to install a dryer vent

A dryer vent should have a metal duct and not polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as this is flammable. 

The duct should vent to the home’s exterior since it’s getting rid of a lot of moisture.   

3. Dangers of venting into the wrong areas

When you vent into the attic, crawlspace or garage, you risk getting mildew, and the surrounding areas may rot. In addition, lint can be pushed to these areas, and lint is highly flammable. 

4. How much does it cost to fix damage to your home due to dryer vent issues?

Repair costs will vary based on how long the problem has been going on. If you have surface mildew or if it’s gotten into the deeper levels of your home. If the problem is severe, you’ll have to think about curring parts of the wall out and replacing them. 

5. A Clean Dryer Vent Means a Longer Life for your Dryer

Remember, if your dryer vents are clogged, then you will have to complete more than one cycle to dry your clothes. This means that you will be overworking your dryer. An overworked dryer will add wear and tear to your machine. This could lead to malfunctions and repairs. Over time your machine will stop working. 

Our experts at Golden Line Green Care recommend having your dryer vent cleaned once a year. If you are unsure how to clean your dryer vent or want a professional to take care of it, contact us today! We service dryer vent cleaning in Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga, Scarborough, Markham, North York, Woodbridge, Etobicoke, Oakville, Burlington, Ajax, Whitby, and King City.

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