More than 15,000 house fires start each year in the U.S. due to clogged dryer ductwork and vents. If you notice that your dryer takes longer than usual to dry your wet clothing, you could have a clogged dryer ducting or vent. In order to remedy this often dangerous situation, you need to clean your ductwork to remove any built-up lint.
By getting the right tools and learning the correct cleaning process, you can quickly and easily clean out your dryer vent system. The article below details the dryer duct cleaning process.
Dryer vent cleaning process
The dryer vent cleaning process requires you to move your dryer and disassemble your dryer vent ductwork if possible. Follow these simple steps to clean your dryer vent:
Step 1: Clean the lint trap. Start by cleaning the dryer lint trap.
If needed, clean the lint trap by gently brushing it with a fine-bristled brush.
Step 2: Clean the lint trap housing cavity. Next, clean the lint trap housing cavity.
Begin by extending a specially designed lint brush all the way to the bottom of the cavity. Slightly twist the brush as you pull it out to free the lint from the sides of the cavity.
Finish by inserting a household vacuum tube into the opening. Repeat the process as necessary to remove all of the lint.
Step 3: Unplug the dryer. Before proceeding, unplug the dryer from the wall outlet.
Remember to turn off the gas if it is a gas dryer.
Step 4: Disconnect the hose from the dryer to the wall vent. Next, disconnect the dryer hose between the dryer and the wall connector and set it aside.
Then, pull out dryer from wall to get access to the dryer ductwork.
Step 5: Disassemble the dryer ducting. Disassemble as much of the dryer ductwork as you can.
Dryer ducting can extend into the walls of the house and often also runs between floors.
Disassembling it now makes it easier to clean.
Just remember how the ducting goes back together for reassembly when you are finished.
Step 6: Clean the dryer duct. Using a specially designed duct brush, clean the ducting section by section.
Extend the brush into the ductwork section, using as many shaft sections as needed to extend throughout the whole section.
You should also twist the brush slightly as you push the brush through the section and pull it out to collect as much lint as possible.
Alternately, attach a variable speed drill to make turning the brush easier.
Follow this by vacuuming as much of the section as you can using a household vacuum.
Step 7: Reassemble the dryer ducting. After you have cleaned all of the sections, reassemble the ductwork back together.
You can replace any damaged pieces or connectors at this time.
Step 8: Reconnect the dryer hose to the wall. Next, reconnect the dryer hose between the dryer and the dryer ductwork connector.
Make sure you have a good connection and that the hose is not kinked, which could restrict air flow.
Plug in the dryer, and make sure to turn on the gas if you have a gas dryer.
Test the dryer to make sure that it dries properly and that air flows properly to the outside vent.
Properly cleaning your dryer and its associated vent ductwork can help prevent a fire. You should clean your dryer ductwork at least once a year or more often if you experience any reduction in the efficiency of your dryer. If you have any reservations about doing the task yourself, you can always call a professional to do the job for you.