Dryer Vent Repair and Installation Tips from the Sacramento Wizard

Dryer vent repair and proper installation ensures proper airflow for your clothes dryer to operate safely and efficiently. Most importantly, all dryer vents need to be cleaned periodically to remove lint build-up that reduces air-flow and causes your clothes dryer to work harder. If neglected, this could lead to increased utility bills and/or a dryer fire.

An old style dryer vent system or one that is improperly installed can create problems. The old fashioned flexible foil pipes are no longer deemed safe for use of dryer exhaust venting. One problem with this type is that it is often crushed behind the dryer, restricting air flow and preventing heat and moisture from escaping. Also, this type is often installed as-is, without cutting it down to size. The excess hose is left coiled up on the floor behind the dryer. The longer length and the twists and turns make your dryer work harder to expel the hot air.

The plastic or vinyl type of system creates the same problems as the flexible foil. Excess heat causes the vinyl to deteriorate and becomes brittle and crack. Now, the air that should be vented outdoors is leaking into your home. Moisture builds up in the line and mold and mildew grow here too. If you have a gas dryer you should be concerned about carbon monoxide as well.

The best dryer vent system is made of solid metal pipe and it is as short and straight as possible. The inside should be smooth; pieces should be joined with foil tape, not screws that protrude to the inside to catch and trap lint.

When the dryer is venting properly, it is working more efficiently. If you notice your dryer taking more than one cycle to dry a load of laundry then it is likely that lint has built up in the dryer ducts.

A professional dryer vent repair and installation company can inspect your system to be sure it meets today’s safety standards. Your clothes dryer is one of the most expensive to operate when it is not properly maintained. The service fee paid for dryer vent cleaning quickly pays for itself in money saved on energy usage.

Gina Fazil owns Dryer Vent Wizard of Sacramento, California. She specializes in all dryer vent and dryer exhaust issues, providing dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair and installation for homes and commercial businesses.

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