Step-By-Step How To Clean Dryer Vent

By | January 22, 2016

Step-By-Step How To Clean a Dirty Dryer Vent

Cleaning a dryer vent is one of those necessary household chores that needs to be done occasionally.
 
There are cleaning services that will come out clean it for you but cleaning the dryer vent is a easy DIY fix that can save money.
 
Items Needed
A few items are necessary to clean the vent hopefully you have the tools already or can borrow them. A dryer cleaner kit will need to be bought.
 
1… A Lint-Eater Dryer Cleaner Kit
 
Here Is One On Amazon
Gardus RLE202 LintEater 10-Piece Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning System

 
2… A Vacuum Cleaner, Ideally A Shop-Vac
 
3… A Cordless Drill
 
 
Steps to Cleaning a Dryer Vent.
 
1…Locate the dyer vent and the easiest way to access it. Some homes it will be easier from the inside while others it will be easier from the outside opening.
 
For a very dirty vent both inside and outside openings should be cleaned.
 
Here is a dryer vent from the outside and cover removed.
Step-By-Step How To Clean Dryer Vent 2016
 
 
2…Gather the tools together including a cordless drill, shop vac, and dryer cleaner kit.
Step-By-Step How To Clean Dryer Vent
 
 
3…
The dryer vent cleaning kit will come with different attachments and lengths of flexible line to feed into the dryer vent.
 
The kit will also include a cap to attach a vacuum cleaner to pull out the debris as the attachments move through the vent.
How To Clean Dryer Vent
 
 
4…
The vacuum is connected to the the cover.
How To Clean Dryer Vent Easy
 
 
5…
Next connect the drill to the flexible line.
How To Clean Dryer Vent Connect Drill
 
 
6…
Next turn the vacuum on and using the drill move the attachments through the vent.
How To Clean Dryer Vent with a dyer cleaning kit
 
As the attachments are pushed though the vent debris is released and pulled out by the vacuum.
Dyer vent cleaning from the outside
 
 
7…
As the line goes into the vent more will need to be attached depending on how long your dyer vent is.
Dryer vent cleaning attaching more line
 
Depending how dirty the vent is a lot of material will come out.
Dryer vent cleaning loose  material
 
 
8…
After pushing the attachments into the vent making sure it has been cleaned well remove them and put the dryer vent cap back in place.
 
 
Summary
Cleaning a dryer vent is a necessary job to reduce the risk of a fire hazard. While not difficult there are services that will clean it for you for a fee.
 
Services cost around $100-$150 dollars.
 
Removing the lint from a dryer vent is a easy do-it-yourself job but as always call a professional if necessary.
 

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