Your dryer operates through a process of evaporation via hot air. The dryer blows hot air, heated by an electrical heating element or gas burner depending on your dryer set-up, over the clothing as it tumbles around inside, enabling an even dry across each piece of clothing. The evaporated water (water vapor) becomes airborne, is pulled out of the dryer and exits the home through an exhaust duct/dryer vent.
Heavy garment loads or bulky items like comforters and towels can cause the drying process to take longer and require more heat than a normal load. Continually overloading your dryer can lead to excessive wear and tear, as well as other potential issues.
Your home’s exhaust duct has several maintenance and upkeep requirements that should be examined for the safety of your home, energy efficiency, and life of your dryer unit.
Ensure that the connection behind the dryer is secure. If your connection for the dryer vent/ exhaust duct is not behind the dryer it could be below it.
There should be no restrictions with your dryer vent. Being that dryer vents are often made of flexible plastic or a metal duct, kinks in the line are possible. This problem is common because dryers are usually tucked away into small areas. Air flow restrictions are a potential fire hazard and if they are found during a home inspection, they will be noted on the inspector report.
Restrictions to the dryer vent pose a risk because of excess lint accumulation. Lint contains highly flammable products and if there is an excess amount of lint build up that puts your vent and your home at risk for a potential fire. Your dryer can overheat form excessive lint or cause your clothes not to dryer efficiently. It is important that you take all lint out of this duct often to decrease the risk of a fire.
At AcuSystem Inspections, we run HVAC Duct Leakage Testings and Energy Audits that can check the efficiency of your HVAC duct system as well as making sure that you are not using more power than needed for your system to operate. Keep your HVAC healthy by setting up a HVAC Duct Leakage Test and Energy Audit with AcuSystem Inspections today!