During operation, the dryer captures textile fibers via its filter. These are derived from clothing. In the long term, a very small part of lint passes through the filter to settle in the duct of the device. From there, the latter loses in yield. It then becomes essential to clean this duct. APlus Repair tells you how often to clean your dryer duct.
Dryer duct cleaning frequency
For an appliance maintenance professional, it is essential to clean ventilation ducts from time to time. In the case of the dryer duct, it must be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Of course, this frequency depends on the level of solicitation of the device, but also on the number of residents in the house.
Indeed, if you live alone, your filter will be less solicited. On the other hand, if you live as a family with children and animals, the amount of lint that will settle in the duct of the appliance will be enormous. You will then be forced to clean the duct of your dryer every 2 to 3 years. Otherwise, the machine will lose efficiency and you will spend energy unnecessarily.
Some reasons to clean the dryer duct
In addition to maintaining the performance of the device at a good level, cleaning its duct has many advantages.
Extending dryer life
When lint clogs the lead of a dryer, it takes longer for clothes to dry. The device is then solicited over a long time. Its components heat up and damage rather than expected. On the other hand, frequent cleaning of the duct accelerates drying episodes and allows the device to rest.
Reduced risk of fire
While the dryer is running, there is heat that is applied to the pipes concealed in the walls. The latter contain a significant amount of highly flammable fabric softener. However, the more lint there is in the duct of the device, the more time and heat it takes to dry clothes.
By regularly cleaning the duct of the appliance, you reduce its decrease in performance. The dryer will not consume too much energy. Your electricity bill will not increase. This is very useful in these times of rising energy prices.
How to maintain the duct of a dryer?
For the complete maintenance of the dryer or its duct specifically, you have two options.
Do it yourself
After each episode of using the dryer, clean the lint basket. This will improve the performance of the device as the filter will no longer face resistance elements. In the cavity where the filter is laid out, there are often deposits of lint. Remove the filter, then clean it and the cavity. Make sure the duct is perfectly straight. If it is stuck or crushed, the airflow is reduced. The performance of the device decreases.
Entrust the cleaning to a professional
A professional like APlus Repair specializing in the maintenance and installation of household appliances has the tools and know-how to clean a dryer duct. He cleans from the outside.
We use appropriate tools such as the rotary nozzle as well as the industrial compressor to provide you with an impeccable result. The nozzle blows the clumps of fibers outwards. The entire duct is 100% free of lint that is out of the dryer.
Unlike a sweeper, a rotary nozzle is particularly designed for duct cleaning. If you use a sweeper yourself, it could pierce the duct. Its replacement will then be necessary.
If you live in Montreal, West Island, Laval or the surrounding area and your dryer has lost its performance, call on our services. Our many years of experience are for us a guarantee of efficiency.