When you notice the drying time is longer than usual, and clothes are still wet after an entire cycle,the dryer vent is damaged. There is a buildup of lint in or around your vent system. You see damage visible or noticeable with the duct/vent. If the humidity in your laundry is much higher than you normally experience.


Here are some signs that your dryer vent may be damaged:

• Visible cracks or holes in the vent pipe,

First,look for any splits, tears, perforations or openings that could allow lint to escape. These defects need immediate repair or replacement.

• Crushed, dented or flattened sections of vent pipe.

Then,areas that are crushed in or misshapen can restrict airflow and collect more lint buildup. Repair or replace any severely damaged pipe sections.

• Slipping or loose joints.

Next,check that all vent pipe sections and elbows are securely fastened together with either external metal duct tape, clamps or rivets. Loose joints allow lint to escape and airflow to become restricted. Re-seal or replace any loose components.

• Sagging, drooping or kinked vent pipe.

In addition,is your vent pipe bowed, sags between supports or kinked upwards or downwards? These issues inhibit proper airflow and should be corrected by re-securing and re-supporting droopy segments for safe operation.

• Excessive lint buildup inside any part of the vent system.

Furthermore,should there be a large amount of compacted lint and debris clogging the exhaust pipe, lint traps ? This level of blockage severely restricts airflow and requires professional cleaning and/or repairs/part replacement.

• Visible corrosion or rust.

Moreover,check your vent pipe and all connectors/ seams for signs of rusting, pitting, flaking or overall corrosion which damages the components. Any metal corrosion should be removed and source of moisture addressed before continued use.

• Difficulty starting the dryer, longer cycle times or poor performance.

Also,if your dryer seems to be working harder yet drying less effectively, it could indicate restrictions from a clogged or damaged vent system. Airflow problems should be investigated immediately.

• Rising energy usage.

Next,have your electric or gas bills increased noticeably recently? Higher usage could point toward a reduced-efficiency dryer or other equipment issues like a blocked or restricted vent preventing proper airflow.

• Clogged or damaged exhaust termination hood.

Finally,is your hood or end cap clogged completely or showing major dents, rust, missing pieces or damage that could allow unrestricted exhaust from the vent? An un capped or damaged hood vents lint and pollutants releasing contaminants outside as well as increasing fire risk inside.

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