What to Expect for a Dryer Vent Cleaning

 In Air Quality, System Maintenance

There is nothing more comforting than the feeling of a warm blanket or towel as it comes fresh out of the dryer. But if your dryer vents are dirty or clogged, you will likely face bigger problems than damp clothes.

Most homeowners know the first important step to dryer maintenance, which is regularly cleaning the lint trap of their dryer. But the buildup of lint and other debris can travel far beyond this easily accessible area into the venting, leading to health, efficiency and safety issues.

Buildup of lint, dust, fibers and, in some cases, pests such as rodents or insects, negatively affects the air quality of your home. Additionally, it can increase the number of cycles needed for clothes to dry. As your dryer works harder to push out the hot, moist air, the low efficiency will directly translate to a higher cost on your energy bills.

Buildup in the venting also accumulates to create a dangerous fire hazard. In 2014 to 2018, firefighters across the U.S. responded to approximately 13,820 home fires each year caused by clothes dryers, and 32 percent of those fires were due to improper cleaning as dust, fiber or lint ignited.

Clean dryer venting is critical to the safety and comfort of your family and home. To avoid reduced dryer performance and a potential fire hazard, consider scheduling an annual dryer vent cleaning with trusted and knowledgeable professionals. This helpful guide will answer any questions you may have about what to expect during a cleaning.

First Things First: Scheduling and Preparation

Before your appointment, make sure anything that is in the way, on top of, and/or around the dryer is cleared. Your dryer will not usually be fully taken apart, but it will need to be moved by the technician for more efficient access.

Your Appointment Begins

When the technician arrives, they will ask for guidance on the location of your dryer and the exit point. Shortly after, the necessary preparation work will begin, such as disconnecting and moving the dryer.

Cleaning Time and Final Touches

After this set-up, the cleaning can begin. The dryer vent cleaning system will be used to clear any blockages or build-up inside the venting.

At this point, the flapper or roof cap of the dryer will be cleaned and checked that it is working as designed. The technician will now seal or connect everything back to their proper placements, and turn the dryer on to ensure the cleaning was successful.

The Barineau Difference

At Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning, we want to make sure your dryer vent cleaning is as easy and stress-free as possible. When the Barineau truck arrives at your home, you’ll be introduced to the expert technician ready to help. For your peace of mind and safety, all Barineau team members who need to enter your home will introduce themselves upon arrival. Additionally, they are easily identifiable by Barineau name tags.

The set-up and cleaning process will be conducted carefully and thoroughly. We treat each client’s home and appliances with the same care and dedication we would show our own.

Before the Barineau technician leaves, they will walk you through the completed cleaning process, show you what was removed from the dryer vent, and answer any questions you may have. Then, you will be given any printed instructions or documentation you need for your records.

Don’t let your dryer take you for a spin! With our expertly trained and friendly team members, Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning is ready to provide you with the best service our industry can offer. To learn more or schedule a dryer vent cleaning appointment with us, call 850.580.4029 or click here to request more information.

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