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An overheated clothes dryer is like a pulsating time bomb ready to explode into flames with the next load of laundry

As indicated by the Arlington Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard, longer dry cycle is a frequent sign of a fire danger. Regrettably, many people believe this suggests aging or wear so they go on with wearing out their clothes dryer, unaware of the hazard hiding and expanding within. Unlike most appliances, when a tumble dryer starts losing efficiency, it is not a standard indicator of aging. It is quite possibly triggered by a clogged dryer vent hindering air flow.

Increased drying time, particularly with jeans and towels, is an indication of reduced airflow. Poor airflow is generally the result of an obstructed dryer vent system, probably clogged with lint. Excess dryer lint can cause damage to the dryer and it is a significant fire hazard. An overheating clothes dryer might be compared to a ticking time bomb, about to burst into flames with just one more load of laundry!

Limited airflow impedes dryer performance, minimizes efficiency and brings about elevated energy costs. In addition to longer drying time, warning signals from the dryer consist of repeatedly stopping during a cycle, clothes feel hot immediately after a cycle and the top of the dryer gets hot to touch while running.

A safety characteristic put on some models makes the dryer stop during a cycle if it is becoming a fire hazard. A dryer vent plugged with lint or other obstructions will force the dryer to work harder and longer, causing it to overheat. The overheat shutoff is the dryer’s effort to avoid a fire.

When the utility room is particularly hot and humid when the dryer is working or the top of the dryer is hot to touch then this is a sign of insufficient airflow. A clogged dryer vent, or improper dryer vent installation can result in this complication. When clothes are hot after a complete cycle this is also a symptom of poor ventilation.

A hot dryer and hot clothes are both indicators of lint building up and creating a blockage. Dryer Vent Wizard (888-676-6142) will do a complete dryer vent inspection to make sure it is installed properly, using the right products and he will make certain there are no obstacles in the system that can restrict airflow. He will also look for damaged seams and poor connections to ensure optimal efficiency. Go to http://arlington.dryerventcleaningnow.com/ for more information.