Cleaning the lint collector of your dryer is an essential task that should not be neglected. It is recommended that you clean the lint collector every time you use the dryer, as this will help remove lint and other debris that can impede the dryer's performance. However, this only eliminates about 25 percent of the lint that can accumulate throughout your home dryer ventilation system. To guarantee optimal performance and safety, it is best to have a professional clean the dryer's ventilation system twice a year. If you want to do this job yourself, you can purchase a dryer rack cleaning kit, which you can find at any hardware store or online.
If the dryer vent pipe outside your house is higher than the dryer vent pipe, you may want to clean the duct from there. Cleaning the dryer vent regularly will help improve its efficiency and thus reduce the amount of energy it consumes. Therefore, if your clothes are mainly bulky clothes, it is suggested that you clean the dryer vent several times a year. Incorporating regular opportunities to clean the dryer vent will allow the dryer to perform optimally and operate safely. If you are still having difficulty drying your clothes after cleaning the dryer vent, consult a professional. If the dryer vent is not cleaned regularly, the dryer will be forced to work twice as hard to dry the clothes.
Spring and fall cleaning programs are a great time to thoroughly clean the dryer vent, including the duct at the back of the unit. To learn more about how often you should clean lint from your dryer, watch our video below.