Clogged dryer vents are both a safety hazard and a nuisance. Not only will they prevent your dryer from functioning correctly, but they can also increase your risk of house fires and put you and your family in danger.

Knowing the warning signs of a clogged dryer vent will keep you safe and ensure that your dryer can efficiently dry your clothes. While not all the signals may appear, if you’re able to recognize one or two early on, you can react promptly and arrange for our Orlando dryer vent cleaning company to clean out your vents.

What Signals Might There Be if My Dryer Vent Is Clogged?

Here are some signs that your dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleared out.

  1. Clothes aren’t drying

If you notice that it’s taking longer for your clothes to dry or that the regular setting you use isn’t working as effectively, this can be a sign that your vent is clogged. A clogged dryer vent will make it difficult for air to pass through, and in return, the water won’t be able to evaporate through the vent. Instead, your clothes will stay wet, and you’ll spend extra time waiting for them to dry.

  1. There’s a burning smell

Whenever something smells like it’s burning, you should immediately know something is wrong. If it smells like something is burning when you’re running your dryer, your vents may be clogged. 

The burning smell in dryers is caused by the lint and debris that’s clogging up your vents. As dryers get very hot and lint is incredibly flammable, it won’t take much for it to start smoldering or burning. If you smell smoke or burning, immediately turn off your dryer and call a technician rather than waiting for the load to finish.

  1. The dryer is hot

It’s not uncommon for a dryer to feel a bit warm while it’s in use, but if it feels hotter than usual, this can be a sign that it is struggling to work, and the vents may be clogged. Clogged vents will make your dryer work harder, which can risk overheating and as plugged lint and debris are extremely flammable, this can lead to a fire hazard.

  1. Your clothes are hot

While your clothes should be warm when they come fresh out of the dryer, they should not be hot. If they’re too hot to touch, your dryer vents may be blocked.

  1. You see lint or debris

You should regularly check and clean out the dryer vent flap that’s accessible to you, but you should also check the outside dryer flap and peer into the hose if you can. If you can see built-up debris or lint in either of these areas, it can be a sign that your vents are or soon will be clogged.

Additionally, if you notice that the removable lint filter isn’t as full as usual, this can be a sign that lint is escaping into the hose and vents. If there are any tears or rips in the filter, you should also be wary of escaped lint. 

In contrast, if you notice that the lint filter is fuller than usual, this can also be a sign of a clogged vent.

Since your lint filter can be a pretty good indicator of the health of your dryer vent, make sure to regularly clean it. If you know how much lint is usually trapped by the filter, you can monitor it for any changes more efficiently.

Conclusion

Clogged dryer vents are a serious hazard, and if you suspect your vents are clogged or on their way to being so, you should call our technicians to come and investigate. In addition, regularly having your dryer vent cleaned can reduce the risks associated with clogged vents and keep your dryer healthier, ensuring it lasts as long as possible and you and your family remain safe.