Every dryer has a lint catcher that needs to be cleaned out in between each load. The lint, as many know, is extremely flammable and poses a major fire hazard. Even though the lint catcher traps most of the lint, some of it can pass through and begin to build up inside the dryer exhaust vent. Over time the lint can build up so much that it creates a thick layer surrounding the vent. When this occurs, it is important to have the vent cleaned out to insure the household’s safety. Steam Masters would like to share a few signs that it is time to have the dryer vents cleaned to ensure the safety of your home.
Do You have to Run Dryer Multiple Times?
Every load of laundry will have the washing cycle followed by a drying cycle. When both appliances are working properly it should only take one cycle from each appliance. When you move your laundry into the dryer and you discover the first cycle didn’t fully dry out the laundry, this is a sign of lint build up. If the one cycle wasn’t enough to dry the load, check the lint catcher and see if it needs to be cleaned. If you cleaned it out before you began the cycle then there is lint built up inside the vent. Not only is the home at risk of a fire when the lint is inside the vents, but you will run additional cycles to dry out the laundry. This will also increase your power bill. To help save money and keep your home safe, have the dryer vent check and cleaned.
Why is My Dryer Getting Really Hot?
When taking the laundry out of the dryer and it feels super-hot to the touch, this is a sign the dryer is overheating. Overheating is most often caused by air flow restriction. Air flow problems are often the result of a clogged lint catcher or the dryer vents being plugged up with lint. Check both the lint catcher and the vent to see if they are plugged up. Another similar problem is when the laundry room becomes hot. When running the dryer it is normal for the room to rise in temperature, but not to the extent the room is very hot and uncomfortable. This is another sign the dryer is overheating, which is caused by the lint.
Why Does My Dryer Smell like Something is Burning?
A burning smell or the smell of dirty socks indicates a serious problem, Lint may have begun to burn up and the home is at risk of a fire. If you notice a burning smell stop the dryer and leave the home. If you notice smoke, call 911. If there is no smoke it may not have caught fire. Check the dryer vent for any signs of burnt lint. If you notice lint inside the vent have it cleaned before running the next cycle. It is also recommended to inspect the dryer for any evidence of internal burning.