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Identifying A Clogged Dryer Vent

There’s nothing better than the scent of a fresh and dry laundry load. Your dryer vent pushes out all the hot and moist air the dryer drum generates during a cycle to keep your loads dry. If your unit is acting up, consider checking for a clogged dryer vent.

Check For A Clogged Dryer Vent

When your dryer vent pushes out hot and moist air, materials like lint and small pieces of cloth can get caught in the exhaust vent, blocking it entirely. When this happens, your dryer won’t operate correctly and the leftover moisture can lead to mold inside your unit.

How to check for a clogged dryer vent

  • Find where your dryer vent exits your home. It's often a tube with a small flap covering it. Using a flashlight, lift the flap and inspect inside the vent. Do you see any blockages?

  • Carefully pull the dryer away from the wall, then unplug the dryer from the outlet. If it's a gas dryer, turn the gas off by rotating the knob on the gas valve clockwise until you can't turn it any further.

    The dryer hose is connected to the base of the dryer with a circlular clamp. Some clamps are held shut by prongs and some are screwed shut. Use a set of pliars to pull the prongs away or use a screwdriver to remove the screw. Once you can open the clamp, pull the dryer hose free.

    CAUTION: Always be careful when moving large appliances like your dryer. Wiggle it back slowly to avoid straining your back.

  • Once you have the dryer hose removed, inspect the inside with a flashlight. Do you see lint, socks, or any other debris in the hose? If you do, that's likely the source of your problem.

    Make sure to check inside the vent that goes into your wall as well. If the lint has gotten all the way inside the exhaust vent, you may need to call a professional to remove it.

Is a clogged dryer vent the issue? If not, consider other reasons for why your dryer is acting up.

What To Do If You Have A Clogged Dryer Vent

The best thing to do when you’re dealing with a clogged dryer vent is to clean it thoroughly. Cleaning your dryer vents on a routine basis can prevent clogs and keep your system running smoothly.

Think you’ll need a hand? Connect with one of our Remote Assist technicians who can guide you through cleaning your clogged dryer vent or help diagnose any other issues with your dryer.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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