• Excessive lint buildup
  • Clothes taking forever to dry
  • Potential lint fires
  • Higher utility bills

About 12,000 dryer fires occur every year in the United States.  A primary reason is lint in the ductwork.

Clothes dryers require an open pathway to vent the hot air, moisture and gases resulting from drying clothing. This pathway, the dryer duct, can become blocked by lint accumulation due to any of several factors – normal lint buildup over time, duct too narrow, duct too long, too many turns, etc. Sometimes there can be a mechanical blockage such as a bird nest in the duct. In any case, the duct must be cleaned in order to exhaust the approximate one-gallon of water per average laundry load.

Most dryer manufacturers, such as Maytag, recommend that residential dryer ducts be cleaned every year or two for fire-prevention and energy-saving reasons.  Some dryers require cleaning even more frequently due to heavy use or unusual duct construction.

When the duct is blocked the dryer continues to run, wasting electricity, but the clothes won’t dry. You may hear a series of clicks as the dryer control turns the heat on and off, on and off – endlessly trying to compensate for the problem.

To determine if it really is a problem with the duct and not a mechanical issue with the dryer, simply pull the dryer out a few inches and see if disconnecting the flexible connection from the wall allows the dryer to begin drying normally. If your dryer now works properly, you have a blocked dryer duct.

We clean these dryer ducts a number of ways. One spinning device we use is similar to a drain snake, but much more gentle on the duct. Then we may need to remove the loosened lint or other debris using a large vacuum. In most cases it doesn’t take long, and we leave your laundry room cleaner than we found it.

Since 1978, Action Duct Cleaning been recognized for their residential dryer duct expertise. For further information or a free estimate, contact us today.