When is the last time that you cleaned out your dryer vent? If it hasn’t been in the past year or two, it’s a chore that needs to be completed! Many people don’t even realize that this needs to be done, and that clearing off the lint trap is all that’s needed, however a clogged dryer vent leads to clothes drying very slowly and it can also cause a fire. One reason to never leave the dryer running when you leave the house! See below for steps on cleaning your dryer vents.

Equipment needed:

Steps:

  1. First things first – unplug your dryer and if you have a gas dryer, turn off the gas.
  2. Start with simply cleaning off the lint trap. Do it more thoroughly than you normally do, vacuuming around the lint trap and vent to get out everything you can.
  3. Using a vent brush, run it inside the lint trap, twisting the brush while slowly removing it to trap the lint. You may want to do this a couple of times to catch as much lint as you can.
  4. Follow up by using your vacuum crevice attachment tool to suck up any loose lint and dirt that was dislodged by the brush. Repeat as necessary. You can do steps 2-4 every couple of months to prevent lint buildup.
  5. Pull the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the exhaust duct tube from both the wall and the dryer. Note, there are 2 different kinds of hose clamps – one that has two prongs that simply need to be squeezed together to loosen, and the other which requires a screwdriver to loosen the bolt attached to the clamp. Once disconnected, you can slide the tube off the dryer and from the port in the wall.
  6. Use your vacuum to clean out the dryer, wall port and then the exhaust tube.
  7. If your exhaust tube is an older foil or vinyl tube or you cannot get the tube clean, it is highly recommended that you replace it with a metal one. Metal dryer ducts have typically have much less buildup since they don’t sag, and can contain a fire better if one were to start.
  8. Vacuum the back of your dryer, washer and wall while the dryer is pulled out, Get rid of as much lint as you can!
  9. Reattach the dryer tube to the wall and the dryer, and push the dryer back to the wall, being careful not to crush the tube. Plug the unit back in!
  10. You can also head outside and locate your exterior dryer vent and clean it out as well.

 

All done! Now your home is safer and you’ll surely see a big difference in the amount of time it takes for your clothes to dry. Good job on being a great homeowner!