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Dryer Duct Cleaning: Dust Bunnies are Pyromaniacs

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We all clean our dryer's lint trap but when is the last time you vacuumed the dryer ducts or around the heating element?
Okay, I'm ashamed to admit that I've never done this (yes I should be punished by the DIY gods).
So this past weekend our electric Maytag dryer got some much needed cleaning attention. Here are some tips you can immediately put into action to prevent a dryer fire in your own home (and believe or not there over 15,000 annually):
+Add an appliance brush to a 1/4 inch drill and thoroughly clean all duct tubing
+Vacuum tubing, the lint reservoir, and inside the dryer around the heating element
+Make sure there isn't a birds nest or other animal debris in your exhaust vent
+Use stiff walled or rigid metal duct tubing instead of the plastic variety
+When you push your dryer back against the wall don't kink or crush the tubing
+Make all kids & husbands do their own laundry on Sunday (haha, this last one is optional although I wash mine all the time)
In case you need a video showing you how to take apart the front of your dryer there is a video along with pics and more tips over at http://www.homerepairtutor.com/dryer-duct-cleaning/.
Have a great day!
  • dryer duct cleaning dust bunnies are pyromaniacs, appliances, cleaning tips
  • dryer duct cleaning dust bunnies are pyromaniacs, appliances, cleaning tips
  • dryer duct cleaning dust bunnies are pyromaniacs, appliances, cleaning tips
  • dryer duct cleaning dust bunnies are pyromaniacs, appliances, cleaning tips
  • dryer duct cleaning dust bunnies are pyromaniacs, appliances, cleaning tips

To see more: http://www.homerepairtutor.com/dryer-duct-cleaning/

Got a question about this project?

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO

    @Linda Meyer if the run is pretty straight forward and you only need to "punch through" one exterior wall you should be able to get it completed for just couple hours work. The cost will depend on the rate of the installer...handyman type vs Pro HVAC

    • Linda Meyer
      Linda Meyer Savannah, GA

      @KMS Woodworks I will need to punch through the wall between the laundry room and the bathroom and then go the lenghth of the bathroom to the outside wall. Good thing is my closet runs behind all this so we can open up the wall to cut studs and

  • Evelyn McMullen
    Evelyn McMullen Montgomery, AL

    Haven't yet figured out where my dryer vents to, not up thru the attic. Have zero lot line, it may be on the side of house that's neighbor's yard wall. Been in the house 10 yrs need to do something about it.

  • Tori Runkle Sowell

    I have to run the dryer multiple times to get my clothes dried. Is this because I haven't done a thorough cleaning? I'm ashamed to admit it- but I definitely haven't..

    • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey

      Sorry to say yes, that might be the cause. Try this and see if it is better.

  • Spierings

    When the repair man pulled out my appliances, he disconnected the drier tube from the back, inserted the hose of the garage vac, reversed the air and blew all the lint out into the back yard. Easy job.

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey

    Thank you so much for pisting this! We all need reminders from time to time. Plus some of the new homeowners never knew this. I do this twice a year myself. For the amount of laundry I do, this seems to be sufficient. Plus it prolongs the life

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