Is your dryer vent taking more time than usual to dry your clothes or overheating when it’s used? If it is, it’s crucial you get an HVAC contractor to check it out and clean your dryer vents if they need cleaning. There are many reasons why you need to let a professional service technician clean the dryer vents in your Baltimore home rather than trying to do it yourself.

What Do You Gain From Regular Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Dryer vent cleaning offers you many benefits. They include:

  • Energy savings
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Reduced risk of fire
  • Reduced wear and tear on the dryer

When Should You Clean Your Dryer Vent?

The dryer vent needs cleaning at least once a year. Some factors make it so you have to clean your dryer vent more. For instance, if you have a large family, you generally have to wash and dry more clothes, which means more debris will form in your vents, and faster.

Additionally, if you have pets, their hair can make its way into your dryer vents. So if you have a large household or live with furry friends, you’ll probably need to call an HVAC professional to come out and clean your vents two or three times a year — if not more.

How to Tell If the Vent Needs Cleaning

Fortunately, there are a few tell-tale signs that let you know your vent needs cleaning. They include:

  • Clothes taking a long time to dry
  • Dryer exterior and clothes getting very hot
  • Debris around the dryer hose
  • Failure of the vent hood flap to open

Dealing with appliances like dryers requires an HVAC service technician who is specially trained in the field and knows how to properly handle electricity and any fluids involved. If you’re having problems with your dryer vent in Baltimore, MD, and need maintenance, contact us at Griffith Energy Services, Inc., today.

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