Dryer Vent? Should I clean it? How can I clean the vent that leads outside from my dryer? Many people have never cleaned their vent. Why should I?
Lint buildup can cause reduced airflow which in turn causes overheating. When this happens the high temperature limit safety switch cycles on and off. These switches are not designed to cycle on and off continuously. This can cause them to fail. Accumulation of lent and reduced exhaust airflow provide conditions right for fire. Lint is highly combustible. Lent is also one of the main ingredients for fires in our homes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, and 310 injuries associated with clothes dryers. This also produces over $84 million in property damage.