When you take your clothes out of the dryer in your Washington home, you probably know that you need to clean the lint filter before you put in another load. What you may not realize is that the filter doesn’t actually trap all of the lint that comes out of your dryer. Some of it makes it past the filter and is exhausted outside your home through the dryer’s vent. Over time, that lint can build up and start to cause problems for your dryer. Here are three reasons why you should get your dryer vents cleaned regularly.

What is Lint?

Lint is composed of tiny textile fibers that are dislodged from your clothing during the washing and drying process.

Increased Efficiency

As lint starts to clog the exhaust vent, it can start to restrict the flow of air through the vent’s piping. That means that your dryer has to work harder to push the air out. This puts extra strain on the dryer’s fan so that it requires more electricity which lowers its efficiency.

Longer Dry Times

As your dryer tumbles the clothing around in its drum, it pulls moisture out them and pushes it outside. This is how your clothing gets dry. But if lint is clogging the dryer’s vents, it makes it harder for it to dry your clothes. This leads to longer dry times as the dryer takes longer to get all that moisture out.

Fire Danger

Another huge problem with lint in your dryer vents is the risk of fire. Lint is extremely flammable. In fact, the Boy Scout manual recommends keeping lint in your camping gear because it is such a good material to start fires with. As the dryer’s vents get more and more clogged, the lint starts to encroach upon the heating element inside your dryer. If it touches the heating element, it might start on fire. About 15,000 fires start each year in the United States as a result of clogged dryer vents.

If you haven’t had your dryer vents cleaned, you may want to consider doing so. Call the experts at All–Pro Appliance Repair immediately to schedule dryer cleaning service. We offer complete dryer cleaning services in Washington. Get some peace of mind about your dyer—call All-Pro Appliance Repair today!