Regular dryer vent cleanings can help prevent possible fires, Angie's List reports

Angie's List recommends hiring a professional

INDIANAPOLIS - Common complaints dryer complaints, like taking more than one load to dry or getting hot to the touch, could be a sign of a dangerous problem.

Homeowner Brian Pinkins was shocked when he had a professional out to clean his dryer vents.

"He was like, 'Did you turn the dryer on?' (And I had, and) he was like, 'We are not getting any airflow out here, so you guys might have a major clog," Pinkins said. "Well about 5 minutes later, a whole lot of dust and debris and dryer lint started coming out, along with a bird's nest."

Angie's List suggests homeowners hire a dryer expert for regular cleanings to prevent a possibly dangerous situation.

"If that heat and  moisture cannot get out of the dryer, then the dryer just sits there and keeps working itself but it can't accomplish the drying, which then means the dryer works harder and heat builds up, and that is what can lead to a dryer vent fire," said Glen Mayfield with Dryer Vent Wizard of Central Indiana.

Experts also urge homeowners not to leave their dryers unattended.

"While it may be convenient, you should never leave a dryer running while you're not at home," said Angie Hicks with Angie's List. "According to experts, more than 15,000 fires a year are a result of dryers being left unattended."

It's a letter that Pinkins was happy he didn't have to learn the hard way.

"I'm sure it was just a matter of time before something would have really happened," he said.

A typical dryer vent cleaning costs between $100 and $150. Regular cleanings also increase the efficiency of appliances.

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