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Dryer Vents

Deitch Energy LLC is now offering Dryer Vent Cleaning. Perhaps this is not something to which you have given much thought – but here are reasons why this is an important service for you to consider:

Not all debris/lint is captured by the lint filter installed with the dryer
This residual debris is carried out via the dryer exhaust into the vent. As the debris accumulates, air flow diminishes
With decreased air flow, your dryer’s efficiency decreases. Running at less than optimal efficiency, more energy is required to operate the dryer at a greater cost to you.

Diminished air flow will also cause the motor of your dryer to work harder, potentially decreasing the life span of your appliance. Lint/debris in your dryer’s vent is a potential fire hazard. Here is an excerpt from Consumer Reports .

Improper dryer vents are a much bigger and more common safety problem. Here are a few tips to keep your clothes dryer running safely and efficiently:

  • Use metal dryer ducts to help prevent dryer fires.
    • Consumer Reports says that flexible dryer ducts made of foil or plastic are the most problematic because they can sag and let lint build up at low points.
      • Ridges can also trap lint. Metal ducts, either flexible or solid, are far safer because they don't sag, so lint is less likely to build up.
        • In addition, if a fire does start, a metal duct is more likely to contain it.
          • See our dryer venting safety report for more tips as well as photos and a dryer-venting video.

No matter which kind of duct you have, you should clean it regularly. In addition, remove the visible lint from the lint screen each time you use your dryer. This not only will reduce the risk of a fire, but your clothes will dry faster and your dryer will use less energy. If dryer film is a worry, there is certainly no harm in occasionally cleaning the lint filter with warm soapy water and a small brush.
Clean inside, behind, and underneath the dryer, where lint can also build up.

Take special care drying clothes stained with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. Wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of these chemicals on the clothing and line dry instead of using a dryer.
Avoid using liquid fabric softener on all-cotton clothing made of fleece, terry cloth, or velour. In our flammability tests, liquid fabric softener added to rinse water accelerated the burning speed of these fabrics. If you want a softener, use dryer sheets instead.
Buy dryers that use moisture sensors rather than ordinary thermostats to end the auto-dry cycle. Thermostats can allow the dryer to run longer than necessary.

Occasionally wipe the sensor with a soft cloth or cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to keep it functioning accurately. Sensors are usually located on the inside of the dryer, just below the door opening, and can be hard to find. They are usually two curved metallic strips, shaped somewhat like the letter "C".

Additional information from the US Fire Administration
Deitch Energy LLC uses a brush and vacuum technique to thoroughly clean your dryer vent. This Micron Industry Vacuum is specialized for duct cleaning, powerful enough to collect finest lint from all types of ductwork and captures the debris with HEPA filtration. Let our skilled technicians save you money and keep you safe by cleaning your dryer duct today.
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