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Friday, 21 March 2014

DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that dryers were responsible for over 15,000 fires in 1998 alone. These fires occur because of lint and debris buildup in the dryer vents. If it is taking longer than usual to dry your clothes or if it has not been done in a while, it may be time to dryer vent cleaning New York.

Depending on where your dryer is and how much duct work you have will determine just what tools you need. If your dryer vent is less than five feet to the outside, a shop vac and a household lint brush will be all you need. If you have dryer duct work that is longer than five feet or perhaps runs inside a wall, you will need to purchase a dryer vent brush along with a handle. These brushes are specially designed to go through dryer duct work and are flexible enough to move around bends. You may also want to purchase electrical fish tape as well. This is what electricians use to run wire inside of walls.

Disconnect the dryer from the wall outlet. Pull the dryer away from the wall so that you can easily work behind it. Remove the accordion-like duct work from the dryer. This is held on by a clamp so you will need a screwdriver. After it is removed, run a lint brush through the dryer vent opening on the dryer.

Also your dryer has a lint trap either in the door or inserted through the top. Pull it out and clean the lint trap. Run a lint brush in the opening as well to remove lint that has made its way past the lint trap.

This may take some maneuvering on your part. If you have duct work that runs a few feet in a wall, you will need to use a specialized dryer vent brush. With the duct work disconnected from the dryer, make sure that the other end is disconnected from the exhaust vent. From the exhaust vent side, insert the electrical fish tape and feed it through the duct work until it comes through the other side. Connect the fish tape to the end of the dryer vent brush and slowly pull it back through the duct work.

With duct work that is only a couple of feet long and fully accessible, you can disconnect it from the exhaust vent and clean it with a regular lint brush.

The dryer vent that leads to the outside will need to be cleaned as well. With the duct work disconnected, run a lint brush through the vent opening through the wall. After you have done this, go outside and remove the pushed out lint away from the outside vent.

Once you have completed all the cleaning, reattach the duct work to the dryer exhaust vent in the wall. Reattach the duct work back onto the dryer itself. Push the dryer back into place and plug it back in.

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