The pipe your dryer may become clogged with lint from your clothes. When this happens, it blocks the airflow in your dryer and can cause long drying times, incomplete cycles in which your clothes are still wet, automatic shutdown sensor failures and even fires.
Because of this, it is important to keep your dryer duct clean to avoid problems. You can hire a professional to clean it for you, but this is expensive. If you want to save money, you can clean the ducts yourself using little time and energy.
- Disconnect the duct from your dryer from the wall and from the dryer. Sometimes they are joined by a connector that can be tightened to release it. Others may require you to unscrew a joint to release the conduit.
- Remove the removable part of the duct to clean it more easily. Insert the crevice tool to your vacuum and use it to suck the part inside of your duct. You can also use a brush lint, if you prefer.
- It aspirates into the tube, where the vent connects to the wall, as well as to the dryer.
- Insert the end of a wand at the end of the duct wall.
- Turn on the windshield. This will force the fluff out of the duct and through the vent out.
- Reconnect the duct parts to the dryer and to the wall.
- Repeat the cleanings in one to three months.
Tips & Warnings:
- Use your vacuum cleaner and your narrow nozzle to vacuum any accumulated lint on the dryer hood or other areas that you can easily access. This will also help prevent problems with the dryer.
- The removable parts of the dryer ducts look like spring-loaded toys covered with vinyl or metal sheets.
- For particularly dirty or clogged ductwork, consider replacing the duct with a new one. These can be purchased at your local home improvement store and are quite inexpensive. Depending on the material you choose, the cost will vary.
- Once every one to three years, hire a professional to thoroughly clean your dryer and breathing system to make sure your safety.