Homeowners often wonder what’s the ideal frequency for cleaning the dryer vent. This is difficult to answer because there are multiple variables, one of which is the dryer vent length. This will partly dictate how often you need to have a professional vent cleaning.
How Long Is Your Dryer Vent?
Homeowners often assume the longer the dryer vent the more often it needs cleaning. A longer vent means more inner lining to clean, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, the inverse is true. That is, shorter vents require more cleaning. Shorter vents also tend to be narrower, making the unit more prone to backups. It also forces the dryer to work harder to push out the backed-up lint.
Typically, we suggest a cleaning annually. However, if you have a shorter vent, then two to three times per year is best. No matter the length, if you notice the clothes are not drying adequately after a full session in the dryer, then there may be an obstruction. This calls for a professional inspection.
Ultimately, the cleaning interval depends on the vent length, how often you use the appliance and the size of the load.
Dryer Vent Length Requirements Near Everett
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) establishes length requirements for dryer vents. The length cannot be more than 25-feet; it should also be as straight as possible. If there is a 90-degree angle in the vent, then it shouldn’t be more than 20-feet. The InterNACHI doesn’t have a minimum length requirement.
We Make Your Dryer Duct Free of Lint
No matter the dryer vent length, too much lint poses a fire risk. However frequently you schedule a dryer vent cleaning, we suggest doing it in conjunction with an air duct and furnace cleaning. Start by contacting Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning for an initial assessment of your dryer vent.
Do You Have the Right Dryer Vent Length Near Everett?
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