Why You Should Never Clean a Dryer Vent with a Leaf Blower

dryer vent cleaningAir ducts and dryer vents are very complex systems. This is why DIY cleaning almost never works. Over the years, we’ve met dozens of homeowners who have attempted all sorts of crazy DIY cleaning tricks. One such wild idea is dryer vent cleaning with a leaf blower. In case you’re contemplating such an idea, we’ll explain why this practice will likely end in failure.

Dryer Vent Cleaning With a Leaf Blower: What’s Wrong With This?

Some people try to remove lint with a powerful blast of air with a leaf blower. This actually does not remove the lint. All it does is push the debris towards the opening without actually expelling the lint. This results in a clog that prevents clothing from drying properly.

When homeowners use a leaf blower, they disconnect the dryer and insert the leaf blower’s nozzle into the vent line. The air blast is supposed to push the lint out of the vent to the outside. The process sounds simple enough. Unfortunately, the results often don’t work out as expected.

Why This Doesn’t Work

This method often doesn’t work for several reasons:

  • The dryer vent is too long. The blower can only push the lint several feet.
  • The vent has several twists and turns. The blower can’t push the lint past those angles and corners.
  • The vent has a mesh screening over the outside opening.
  • The vent consists of accordion-flex ducting, causing the lint to collect in the folds instead of exiting the tube.

We Clean Your Dryer Vent the Right Way

Please leave the vent cleaning to Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning. We recommend this as part of a total inspection that also includes the air ducts and furnace. DIY methods like dryer vent cleaning with a leaf blower usually just exacerbate the problem rather than fixing it.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Done the Right Way

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