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Inspect Your Dryer and Dryer Duct

Why Do This?

Did you know there are approximately 15,000 dryer fires every year in the U.S., and most of them occur because lint builds up in the dryer or the exhaust duct? A lint-clogged exhaust duct can also push warm, moist air into your wall cavities and attic, encouraging mold growth. Keep your dryer from working harder than it should, save energy, and prevent a fire by inspecting your dryer ducts.

Difficulty:
Time: 30 minutes

How To:

  1. 1

    Remember to clean the lint screen before or after drying each load of laundry.

  2. 2

    Using an attachment, vacuum out the lint screen housing.

  3. 3

    Carefully pull the dryer away from the wall and remove the duct that connects your dryer to the duct in your wall. Vacuum out the back of the dryer, the dryer duct, and the wall duct as much as possible. Take care when reattaching the duct and pushing the dryer back into place that the duct does not detach from the wall or dryer, and that it doesn’t kink or crush.

  4. 4

    Clean the dryer vent on the outside of your home by removing any blockage and lint. Turn the dryer on when you are finished and make sure that you feel the exhaust air from the dryer exiting your home.

  5. 5

    Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.

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