If it’s been over a year since your last dryer inspection and dryer vent cleaning, it’s time to schedule a cleaning. But aside from just marking your calendar, there are common signs that can indicate it’s time for a dryer vent cleaning.
If clothes are taking longer than usual to dry, a clogged vent could be to blame. Also, look out for clothes that are still hot and damp after one drying cycle.
If your clothes smell burnt or musty, or if there are any sort of similar odors present while operating your dryer, schedule a vent cleaning and inspection. Lint accumulating quickly in any part of your dryer or on the lint screen could also mean a cleaning is due.
Finally, check and feel for airflow coming out of the outside dryer vent while your dryer is running. If there’s no exhaust exiting, your vent may be blocked.