Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

by Steamway Craftsmen, Ames, IA


1.    Prevent a House Fire.        

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 15,000 fires, 10 deaths, and 310 injuries, are caused every year due to clothes dryers.  Not to mention the $84,000,000 in property damage.  Your dryer element can reach temperatures of over 300 degrees.  Textile lint is extremely flammable and a build up lint around these heating elements is a sure way to start a fire.  If you have a gas dryer, obstructed airways could mean that carbon monoxide is being trapped in your home as well.


2.    Save Time & Extend the Life of Your Dryer.       

If your clothes aren’t getting dry in one cycle, or it’s taking longer for the cycle to dry them, it’s time to look at your dryer vents.  When your vents are blocked your dryer has to work twice as hard to dry your clothes.  All this extra work can take its toll and decrease the life of your dryer. Cleaning your vents can take the pressure off your dryer and help extend its life.


3.    Save money.     

If you notice your dryer is running hotter than usual, that’s another sign that your vents need cleaned.  All this wear on your dryer, running hot and long, is costing you extra money.  Once your airways are clear again your dryer can run much more efficiently, costing you less.



It’s recommended that you have your dryer vent cleaned every 6 months to a year, depending on how much use your dryer gets.  If you’re not sure about having your vents cleaned, call Steamway Craftsmen in Ames or Des Moines, IA today and we’ll answer any questions you may have.


1602 E. Lincoln Way

Ames, Iowa 50010


115 12th St

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265