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Clean the Lint Out of Your Dryer

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. Deep clean the hose

Clean the Lint Out of Your Dryer

It doesn't take more than a few loads to fill the lint trap, reducing the efficiency of your appliance and creating the risk of a lint fire. Of course, you should become familiar with the position of the lint trap before you operate your dryer and empty the trap after each load.


A buildup of lint puts extra strain on the dryer's motor.
The blocked filter reduces air circulation, preventing the motor from cooling appropriately.
The motor slows, and it takes longer for your clothes to dry.
The longer the dryer runs, the higher your monthly bill becomes.


This step alone isn't enough to avoid the possibility of a dryer fire.

Vacuum Out the Lint Trap Opening

Cleaning out the lint trap and rinsing it off every so often is a good way to protect the efficiency and safety of your dryer, as well as avoiding a lint fire. However, there's a lot of lint that builds up inside the trap opening, around the drum, and in the hose behind the dryer. When you take the lint screen out, look for more debris inside the opening. If you spot anything, use your vacuum attachment to vacuum all the debris and lint.

Deep Clean the Hose and Exterior Vents

Begin this task by unplugging the dryer. Next, work your dryer forward far enough to reach behind and disconnect the exhaust hose. If you aren't comfortable removing parts or if your dryer has a gas connection, contact a fire damage and remediation professional to do this job at least twice a year. Otherwise, use a gentle brush to clean out the interior of the hose. You'll need a special cleaning rod to clean the exterior vent. These are generally available at your local home improvement store. Check the hot air vent on the outside of your home for any additional lint.

If your dryer still seems slow or doesn't dry the clothes completely, you may need to deep clean the interior of the appliance to avoid a lint fire. If this is the case, contact Kings Point, FL, professionals, so you don't risk damaging the machine.

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