Homeowners rely on their washers and dryers to take care of their clothing, but not everyone realizes that they need to clean the dryer vent at least once a year, which is separate from the lint trap. Below are five signs that you need to schedule cleaning for the dryer vent in your Indio, CA, home.

Your Clothes Are Hotter Than Normal

While you expect your clothes to be warm and dry once the dryer stops, they shouldn’t be painfully hot to touch. Even if you clean your lint trap, you might have lint in your dryer duct. You may also notice increased humidity, which impacts indoor air quality.

Drying Takes Longer

You expect your clothes to dry in about an hour if you have an average load. Not only can a longer drying time increase your electric bill, but it causes increased wear and tear on your dryer.

Lint Exits From the Outside Vent

If you go outside your home, you should be able to find the exterior vent where the air from the dryer exits your home. If you see debris or lint around the opening of the vent or coming from the vent, it’s a sign that you should have your dryer vent system cleaned immediately.

You Smell Something Burning

According to the National Fire Protection Association, washers and dryers cause nearly 16,000 fires each year, with dryers being the cause of 92% of them. As lint is very flammable, it’s best to turn your dryer off and give professionals a call if you smell burning.

You Haven’t Cleaned Your Dryer Vent in Over a Year

No matter how diligently you clean your lint trap, lint will find a way to make it into your dryer vent and start clogging your system. You should have a professional clean your dryer vent at least once a year and pick a time of year that you’ll remember to schedule it.

If you can’t remember the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned, it’s probably been too long. Contact Palm Desert Air Conditioning and Heating Co. to schedule a dryer vent cleaning appointment that’ll keep your home safer.

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