How to clean a dryer vent from inside and outside
Having a clean dryer vent can help laundry day run smoothly. Over time your dryer may accumulate dust and lint from use which can affect its performance and your laundry load. This article will assist you in learning how to properly clean a dryer vent. Before beginning, check and clean out your dryer lint screen. It is advised that you clean out the lint screen after every load.
How to clean a dryer vent: step-by-step instructions
Cleaning a dryer vent yourself is an easy task that should take less than two hours to complete. Be sure to enlist the help of a friend when moving the appliance. A dryer vent that has a buildup of lint and dust can pose a possible fire risk in your home. If you have any questions regarding the maintenance of your electric or gas dryer, you may want to consider contacting a professional.
Preparing for dryer vent cleaning
Before getting started with cleaning your dryer vent, there are a few tools you will need and tips to consider. Consult your Use and Care Guide for any supplies specific to your model.
Step 1: Locate the dryer’s exhaust vent
On the back of your dryer, you will find the unit’s ventilation hose. The hose then leads to the exhaust vent, which will typically be located outside your home.
Dryer vent cleaning FAQs
Now that you are familiar with the process of thoroughly cleaning out your dryer vent, learn more about how to keep your dryer performing at its best with the following FAQs.
How often should I clean my dryer vent?
Your dryer vent system should be cleaned no less than once every two years, depending on how often it’s used and what kinds of loads you're drying. Make sure to clean out the lint trap after every load.
How do I know if my dryer vent is clogged?
If you notice that your clothes are taking longer to dry, the dryer has become hot to the touch, or a burning scent is present in your laundry room, your dryer vent may be clogged and the vent will need to be cleaned. Some dryers will alert you when there is an issue with the vent, such as with an error code on select Whirlpool® Dryers.
What are signs I need a new dryer vent duct?
If you notice any visible damage to the dryer vent duct, or if your dryer isn't heating properly and clothes are still coming out wet after a dryer cycle, then it may be time for a replacement. Whirlpool offers a variety of parts and accessories to accommodate your needs.
Do all dryers need an exhaust vent?
Not all dryers require an exhaust vent to function. Certain dryers, known as ventless dryers, recirculate air through the drum to pick up moisture from clothes and condense it through a heat exchanger later on in the process. Ventless dryers tend to be most beneficial in apartments that have no access to a dryer vent or homes that have limited space.
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