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How Do I Clean a Dryer Vent?by HomeRepairExpert.com
A clogged dryer vent can cause a fire.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum with crevice tool or vacuum brush
- Damp sponge
Step 1Pull your dryer away from the wall so that you can get behind it. Unplug the dryer from the outlet.
Step 2Unscrew the screws that connect the flexible hosing to the aluminum elbow using a screwdriver. You will find the aluminum elbow directly attached to the back of your dryer.
Step 3Vacuum out both the aluminum elbow and the flexible hose, using the crevice tool attachment from your vacuum. Vacuum around the outside and the inside to remove as much of the lint as possible.
Step 4Reconnect the aluminum elbow and the flexible hose after vacuuming. Make sure the screws are secure but not overtightened.
Step 5Vacuum the floor behind the dryer to remove any lint that has fallen on the floor. Wipe the floor with a damp sponge to remove any residue. Slide the dryer back to position.
Step 6Remove the outside dryer vent cover. Vacuum the inside and outside of the dryer vent cover. Vacuum the inside of the dryer hose that vents to the outside. Reattach the vent cover.
Tips and Warnings
- Remember to clean the lint trap (usually located on the top of the dryer or inside the door) each time you run the dryer.
- This Old House: Cleaning Out Dryer Ducts
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Overheated Clothes Dryers Can Cause Fires
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