Dryer Vent Cleaning FAQ

DOES CLEANING MY DRYER VENT LOWER MY ENERGY BILLS?
Yes, by having your dryer vent professionally cleaned, your clothes dryer will run more efficiently. Your dryer will not have to run as long, lessening the wear and tear on your dryer, reducing your need for repair and lengthening the life of your dryer.

CAN I CLEAN MY DRYER VENT ON MY OWN?
Although a homeowner can clean dryer vents, it is advised that you consult a professional.  Most homeowners don’t have the special equipment required to do a thorough job. A professional has special tools such as video inspection equipment to give a visual of the hard-to-reach areas of the dryer vent system.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DRYER VENT NEEDS TO BE CLEANED?
Using the following as a checklist, you can get a good idea if your dryer vent is in need of cleaning:

  • Loads of clothing are taking longer to dry.
  • Clothing is very hot and still damp when dryer finishes (especially heavy items especially, such as towels).
  • The dryer itself feels hotter.
  • There may be no lint on the lint screen (i.e. the exhaust system is clogged).

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY DRYER VENT BE CLEANED?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration the dryer vent should be cleaned and inspected on average every two to three years. This will help ensure the exhaust system is clean, as well as help reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire.