Maintaining a Clean Dryer Vent
1-Empty the lint trap each time you do laundry.
Checking and emptying the lint trap will help your dryer run more efficiently, and it will make it less of a fire hazard. First, find the lint trap, which should be located within the door opening of the dryer. To remove it, grab hold of the top of the lint trap and pull it out of the slot. Then, vacuum up any lint stuck to the trap.
- Some lint traps are located on the top right of the dryer. To remove these, grab hold of the top of the trap and pull it out.
- Before putting the lint trap back in its place, vacuum up any lint stuck in the lint trap slot.
- If the lint trap is very dirty, you can wash it with warm water and soap. Simply run the trap under warm water and scrub it with soap. Let it dry before placing it back in the slot.
2-Check for signs that your vent needs cleaning
To avoid a potential fire hazard, it’s important to inspect your dryer vent regularly. To see if your dryer vent needs to be cleaned, check for these signs:
- Clothes not drying during a dry cycle
- Very hot clothing after a dry cycle
- Excessive heat from the dryer
- Larger amounts of lint in the lint tray than usual
- Excessive odor from dryer sheets