Clothes are taking longer to dry
When your dryer vent is clogged by lint or other material, it prevents moisture from escaping your laundry load. This results in wetter clothes and longer drying periods. Ultimately, this reduces dryer efficiency, extends drying times, and leads to higher utility costs.
The vent hood does not open properly
When your vent hood does not open all the way and has limited airflow pushing to the outside of your home, then it is time to clean out your dryer vent. When the exhaust is no longer pushing an ample amount of hot air, this means that it is most likely blocked by lint and needs to be cleaned.
Excessive Heat and/or burning smells
Lint can build up in the trap, in the drying drum, and in the exhaust tube. This lint clogs up vital components and causes the dryer to operate at higher temperatures, raising the risk of fire. If your clothes have a burning smell, or your laundry room is excessively and abnormally warm, then it is time to have your appliances inspected and properly cleaned. If not, you are running the risk of a fire.
Has it been over a year since your last inspection?
Dryer vent ducts should be inspected at least once a year to reduce the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. If it has been over a year, or you can’t remember the last time you checked on your dryer vent, then it is probably time to do so. You can either hire a professional to do a routine inspection and cleaning, or you can attempt to do it yourself. Depending on the length and location of the vent. If the exterior exhaust vent is easily accessible, you can DIY.