Most everyone now recognizes the critical importance of having their dryer vent system cleaned every few years. The Consumer Product safety Commission estimates that there are over 15,000 fires in the U.S. due to clogged dryer vents. Most people are under the assumption that those fires are due mainly to the vent line being restricted by a build up of lint, but this is only partially true. A clogged vent pipe can indeed restrict the airflow enough to cause the dryer to overheat and cause a fire but the main cause of most dryer fires is actually due to lint, hair and dirt build up inside the dryer cabinet.
How does lint actually get inside the cabinet you might ask? Well, there are a couple of ways in which this can happen. Although the ducting inside a dryer should normally be tight and sealed properly, there are instances where the joints become loose or disconnected, which in turn allows the lint to escape. More often than not, the accumulation of lint is the result of the louvered panel in the back of the dryer sucking in “Make Up Air” to feed the dryer blower. You see, your dryer exhausts a large amount of air to the outside of the house while in operation, this air must be replenished from the laundry room continuously otherwise the blower will be starved for air. The air gets drawn into the back louvers of the dryer and unfortunately carried along with it is the surrounding dust, dirt, dog hair etc. All this junk coats the inside of your dryer and is highly flammable. Your dryer either has an electric heating coil or a gas burner. Lint is extremely combustible, if it comes in contact or is in close enough proximity to these heat sources then it can possibly catch fire. Dryers do have safety mechanisms built into them that will not allow the dryer to operate if it starts to overheat but these have nothing what so ever to do with the sudden ignition of lint inside your dryer.
So here’s the point I want to get across. Of course, it’s imperative to have your dryer vent system cleaned periodically but you should also make certain that your dryer cabinet gets thoroughly cleaned in addition. Most dryer vent cleaners won’t even go near the dryer, this is where it is up to you to inquire as to the extent of the their procedures. You may have to contact an appliance repair person, in addition to having a dryer vent cleaner come out. It will be an added expense but by not having it done it could put your property and the safety of your family at risk. You are also most welcomed to stop by my site for additional tips that I’m sure you will find very helpful dryer vent.