Dryer vent cleaning is the removal of lint, debris and or nest form the dyer exhaust duct. This is a process that should be done with the proper equipment involving strong suction and vigorous brushing. Keeping in mind that the purpose of this task is to improve air flow, dryer performance and prevent a dryer fire. It's purpose is not appearance but performance and safety.
Don't be deceived by the so called "do it yourself" or "home advisor" websites or products. They try to make it look easy, but I am frequently called to fix the problems created by this deception. You may see companies advertising dryer vent cleaning showing a man using air duck cleaning equipment to do the job. Notice that they show a man working in what appears to be a large room that will accommodate his large equipment. Most laundry areas/rooms are small and this equipment will not fit in the room. I use the safest and most effective equipment designed specifically for dryer exhaust vents. Not equipment made for carpet or air duct cleaning or chimney sweeping. It also requires a much different skill set.
Dryer vent cleaning is a very important maintenance task. It is not something to be taken lightly or ignored. Many companies, exploit this and use dryer vent cleaning as a foot in the door to sell product and services at highly inflated prices and are unnecessary. On top of this, they don't know what they are doing. (I am frequently called to fix the problems they create.)
Most ads that you see for cheap dryer vent cleaning, are only for the starting price. They don't tell you that the price advertised is only for the first few feet of the duct and it's a lot more for each additional foot of duct. They charge extra for everything involved in the cleaning process. I charge a flat rate and there are no extra charges.
Some unethical appliance repair companies (a large home improvement store being among them) also take advantage of customers by not asking the right questions before sending a repair technician. All they have to do is ask, "did you have your dryer vent cleaned?". If your dryer is not heating or is taking longer than normal to dry, then 90% of the time it is due to a clogged dryer vent. The appliance repair people get to your home or business and tell you to clean the dryer vent and charge for the service call.
I cannot stress this enough! I am NOT a "Jack of all trades and master of none"! I specialize in dryer vents and will not try to sell you anything more. Too many of my customers have told me the horror stories of air vent/duct cleaners and other trades that offer dryer vent cleaning but don't know what they are doing . Air duct cleaners and others only want to sell you much, much more unnecessary services. These guys will tell you all kinds of reasons to clean your air duct and they will sound very compelling. But most of this is only a deception!
If you change your a/c filter on a regular basis, you will most likely never need to have the air ducts cleaned!
You may need your a/c ducts cleaned if:
Otherwise, it's highly unlikely that you need your air ducts cleaned!
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