Cool Connections, Inc. is pleased to provide dryer vent cleaning service to our friends and neighbors on the First Coast. Scheduling dryer vent cleaning means you protect your home or business and keep a little more money in your pocket through energy savings.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Services Jacksonville, FL
How Does a Clothes Dryer Work?
A round, flexible exhaust tube at the back of your dryer connects to the wall and sends hot, moist air outdoors. As your heated clothes tumble in the hot air, lint (tiny bits of the cotton or other fibers that make up your clothing) come off the fabric. Most of these fibers end up in the lint trap as the exhaust air passes through it. You can usually access the lint trap inside the dryer door or on top of the dryer.
Whatever gets past the lint trap goes out the exhaust vent and duct and either clings to the sides of the tube when it’s wet from condensation or blows outside via the exhaust vent. Over time, a buildup of this debris reduces drying efficiency and can even pose a fire threat.
Dryer Vent 101
Since your dryer has to blow exhaust air out through the ducts, the shorter the ductwork, the better. The total recommended length is normally less than 25 feet from the back of your dryer to the outside vent cover. If the duct has bends and turns, it should be an even shorter distance. The more turns, and the further the distance, the harder your dryer must work to move exhaust air and loose lint. A clogged dryer vent means:
- It will take longer to dry loads of clothing.
- Clothing will be very hot and still damp at the end of the cycle.
- The dryer will feel very hot.
A clogged dryer vent can consume an extra $20 worth of electricity every month.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Means Peace of Mind
Unlike your dishwasher or washing machine, the dryer needs a little more ongoing maintenance to keep it in safe and optimum working condition. Lint tends to build up in three areas:
- Inside the lint trap
- Inside the flexible duct hose behind the dryer
- Inside the in-wall ductwork leading to the outside vent flap
The first step is to clean the lint trap after every load of laundry. By doing this simple cleaning regularly, you will avoid 90% of dryer vent problems. You should perform extensive cleaning annually, or sooner if you suspect a problem. Unplug your dryer and pull it out from the wall, then disconnect the exhaust tube from the dryer and the wall, and clean it with a vacuum.
You can clean the in-wall ductwork that leads to the outside using a vacuum or blower and a dryer brush. Most persons choose to leave this step to the professionals, so feel free to call the experts at Cool Connections, Inc. anytime!
Don’t Neglect Dryer Vent Cleaning
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year, causing an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damage. Other reports show that most dryer fires occurred in:
- Older dryers without thermostats (or broken thermostats)
- Dryers with crushed or kinked hoses
- Dryers with a missing lint screen
Use caution when cleaning oil or chemically-soiled items. Call the experts at Cool Connections, Inc. today for professional dryer vent cleaning. We’ll be more than happy to serve residents of Orange Park, Jacksonville, and St. Johns, Florida. Call to schedule an appointment and get your free estimate today — 100% satisfaction guaranteed!