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Dryer Duct Cleaning: Dust Bunnies are Pyromaniacs

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!

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    on Jan 26, 2013

    once a year I take the garage air compressor and blow air through the dryer vent tubing to clean out the lint. Our tubing goes between floors to the outside vent (it's a split level). I have never taken the back off the dryer, however, to clean whatever it is you show you are cleaning.

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jan 27, 2013

    Thanks Becky for sharing your cleaning method. I took off the front of the dryer to access to vacuum all the lint and dust around the heating element. It makes sense that fires occur due to clothes dryers once you look at all the wires and location of the heating element.

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Jan 27, 2013

    I wrote an article on this last year. It was in conjunction with me setting up our new "used" dryer. The pic in the article was one I shot at one of my clients home. It is one of the worst ones I have seen in some years. The best runs are short and built with smooth pipe. http://www.networx.com/article/diy-tips-venting-a-clothes-dryer Here is a pic of my run...smooth pipe and gentle crush proof elbows.

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jan 27, 2013

    The picture in your article is crazy. The dryer duct looks like a slinky trying to escape from behind the dryer, LOL. Nice job with the rigid tubing.

  • Val L
    Val L Henderson, NV
    on Jan 28, 2013

    Mine goes through the roof of my house and the cover is welded on. Any suggestions?

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