When was the last time you took a look at your dryer vent? If the answer is “I don’t remember,” you’re not alone. This often-overlooked appliance is tucked away out of sight, but that doesn’t lessen the amount of TLC it needs to keep your home running smoothly and safely.
Cleaning out your dryer vent will ensure that your dryer runs more efficiently – that means no more repeat cycles – and it presents any potential fire hazards from caught lint. So here’s everything you need to clean up your vent today!
Step 1: Gather Your Tools
For this task, you’ll need a vacuum with a long hose attachment, a dryer vent brush kit, screwdrivers (just in case your vent is screwed in place), and some gloves to keep your hands clean.
Step 2: Unplug and Disconnect
Always unplug your dryer before starting any maintenance work. Once you’ve done that, pull the dryer away from the wall so you can access the vent. Disconnect the vent duct from the dryer.
Step 3: Vacuum the Dryer Vent
Use your vacuum to clean out both ends of the vent. Just attach your long hose and stick it right in. You’ll be surprised at the amount of lint that can accumulate in there.
Step 4: Brush Out the Vent
Use your dryer vent brush to scrub out the vent. This will help get rid of any stubborn lint that your vacuum couldn’t reach.
Step 5: Reattach the Duct
Once you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of your vent, reattach the duct to your dryer. Make sure it’s secure before moving on.
Step 6: Test Run
Plug your dryer back in and do a quick test run with some old towels or rags. Check the external vent while the dryer is running to make sure air is flowing freely.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully cleaned your dryer vent. By doing this simple maintenance task, you’ve not only improved the efficiency of your dryer, but you’ve also made your home safer.
Remember, it’s recommended to clean your dryer vent at least once a year. And, if your dryer still isn’t quite doing its job, it might be time to call a professional. With a home warranty, you can save money on repairs and make the process much, much easier! Contact Trinity Home Advisors today to set up a warranty for your dryer, washer, heater, and other appliances to keep your home in tip-top shape.