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Dryer Vent Warning Signs: Does Your Dryer Pose a Fire Hazard?

There are more than 15,500 dryer fires ever year.

The following article was originally posted on Woodbury-Middlebury Patch by Steve Braun.

Is your dryer vent safe? Are you noticing any of the following warning signs?

  • Slow dry time
  • Dryer shutting off before cycle has ended
  • Flapper vent not opening when dryer is on
  • Burning smell
  • Dusty laundry area
  • Wet or damp clothes after cycle has finished
  • All of these signs are indicators of a lack of airflow due to lint build up.  

    Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires, and lint is the leading material to ignite. Dryer fires can be caused by insufficient airflow and lint build-up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Reduced airflow and lint build-up cause overheating of the exhaust environment, demanding excessive cycling of the high temperature limits switch and eventual failure. Overheated clothes dryers can cause fires. Fires can spread to the wall or other combustible materials through the plastic hose melting and the lint inside igniting.

    The use of proper venting materials is the first step to ensure safe and efficient dryer operation. Avoid flexible plastic venting material which is combustible. To achieve optimal air-flow and reduce lint build-up use the shortest distance with all-metal dryer venting material.

    Are you noticing any of the warning signs?

    K. Scott January 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM
    I will be checking mine today for sure.

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