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How to Clean Your Dryer Vents

Published by Luke Weiden

If you notice your dryer is taking longer than usual and causing you to even do loads twice to fully dry your clothing, it may be time to clean your dryer vent out. Cleaning your dryer vent is just involves removing clogged lint, and this process really improves your heating and air conditioning system in your Chicago home. Doing a thorough cleaning will save time and money ultimately.

Step #1: Find the Duct

Behind the majority of dryer units, you will find a short 4-inch diameter exhaust. This connects to the duct operating your heating and air conditioning where it eventually emerges through an opening on a wall outside of your home.

Step #2: Disconnect the Dryer

For electric dryers, simply unplug the dryer power cord from the power outlet in your wall. Then, remove metal tape or clamps that keep the dryer vent pipe fixed to the exhaust. Once disconnected, it should be easy to push the dryer away from the wall duct to allow for more space to work.

Step #3: Deep Clean

Begin with cleaning the lint trap, and then, proceed to vacuuming around the lint trap and vent. The next step is using a lint trap vent brush as far as you can into the lint trap vent – if there is a lot of lint, this step may need to be repeated. After utilizing the brush, the vacuum hose attachment is also effective for removing mass amounts of lint. When the lint trap is clean, use the large dryer vent duct brush to clean the duct.

Step #4: Reconnect and Test

Once your dryer vent is tidy, push the dryer back into place and reconnect all pieces that you disconnected. When your dryer is reconnected to your heating and air conditioning system in your Chicago home, do a trial to make sure the appliance has regained all its power.