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Dryer Lint Traps – Everything You Need to Know
Every time you use your clothes dryer, you should clean the lint trap. A clean lint trap helps the dryer to run at maximum efficiency and maximum safety.
Some dryer vent installations also have an external lint trap, which is also known as a secondary lint trap or a 4″ In-Line Dryer Lint Trap.
What Is a Dryer Lint Trap?
This device acts as an in line lint filter in the dryer’s exhaust pipe. Its purpose is to provide additional protection for your dryer booster fan, and it also helps to prevent the dryer exhaust pipe from getting clogged with lint as quickly.
External lint traps are usually installed on clothes dryers that are located on an inside wall, or when the length of the dryer vent exceeds 20-30 feet. The shorter the overall length of the vent pipe and the fewer the number of elbows or turns in the pipe, the better. New dryers will only carry the air and lint for about 18 feet, not including elbows and bends. Longer vent lengths and turns all add restriction to the air flow, causing dryer lint to build up inside.
Best Use Practices
A good way to do this is by having your dryer vent professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This is also where the secondary lint trap can help. Not everyone needs an external lint trap, and some homeowners who do have them often have questions about their use.
The most commonly asked questions about lint traps that are asked by people who already have one are:
1. How often should I clean it?
2. How do you open the door?
So to answer those questions, the lint trap has a clear door, so you can see through it. Check it before every load and you will quickly get an idea of how often your’s needs to be cleaned… something like every 3-5 loads is average. That’s for the secondary lint trap. The one that came with your dryer still needs to be cleaned at the start of every load.
While not every load fills the trap, cleaning it after each load will help reduce energy use.
And to open the door? That depends on the type of lint trap you have, however, they are all fairly similar. The most common one is a model called the LT-180. It has a plexiglass door with a knob on it. All you have to do is lift the knob up and pull it out on the bottom. To replace the door, you reverse those steps. Its very easy once you try it a few times.
Your LT180 lint trap can be installed either on the wall (highly visible) or inside the drywall. If this is the case, then you would only see a plexiglass door with two small folds of metal on either side. This could be on the ceiling near your dryer or on the wall.
The photo above shows an extremely dirty lint trap. The condo owner had recently moved in and did not realize they even had one of these.
Home Depot Dryer Lint Traps
The LT-180 is the best we have found so far. It is made in Canada, is constructed of thick metal and is of commercial quality. This lint trap is a permanent model.
Over time (years) the door may crack or the screen may become damaged or frayed. It will help to know that the door and screen can be replaced seperately, and those cost about $20. If you have a broken door on your model LT180 lint trap, feel free to call us and we can send you a new one.
Some Do-it-yourselfers prefer to buy a dryer lint trap from Home Depot, but they also offer several other models as well. There are cheaper quality plastic ones, but it is recommended that you purchase the more durable and slightly more expensive model LT180. The metal one is much more sturdy and will be problem-free.
Risk Of Dryer Duct Fires
Dryer duct fires are a very real and serious threat. They have become more frequent with population growth, and stories of dryer duct fires have been steadily increasing and are now fairly common in the news.
Any home or business that operates a clothes dryer needs to take proper precautions to reduce this risk as much as possible, regardless if your machine is gas or electric.
Dryer lint is very flammable and can accumulate inside a vent pipe fairly quickly. It is recommended that most dryer exhaust vents be cleaned once per year.
More Info About Secondary Lint Traps
It is always a good idea for homeowners to educate themselves about the operation of their HVAC systems and clothes dryer. Everyone knows how to use the dryer, but you can still learn some helpful and useful tips with a small amount of research.
Below are some useful links that we’ve found regarding the safe operation of your clothes dryer, and how to help prevent a
dryer fire in your home or business.
Taking care of your clothes dryer is important for home fire safety.
Tips to prevent dryer fires at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html
More dryer tips at http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/118931/5022.pdf
Fire Service Demands Recall of Dangerous Tumble Dryers
This news item comes to us courtesy of the UK, but what a scary thought! The clothes dryer is such an amazing, time-saving device and almost every household has one… but do not take your’s for granted.
Manufacturers of dangerous tumble dryers should recall them immediately, fire services have said.
The Local Government Authority warned that people are “playing Russian roulette” by using appliances prone to exploding into flames.
It said firefighters were attending three blazes a day caused by dryers.
Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands, said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority.”
The company has said that more than five million tumble dryers need to be modified to prevent fluff building up near the heating element and bursting into flame.
“People using faulty tumble dryers are unwittingly playing Russian roulette and leading manufacturers need to recall affected models as soon as possible to protect their customers,” said Jeremy Hilton, chairman of the LGA’s fire services management committee.
“These defective products are endangering lives, causing thousands of pounds of damage to homes and making people homeless.”
Whirlpool said it had to date resolved half a million cases and was looking into alternative options to speed up the programme.
To help it has increased its team of engineers by more than 45% to about 1,500 since the start of the modification programme.
Government statistics show there were 2,190 tumble dryer fires between 2012 and 2014 – equating to three a day.
Homes have been ruined and in one severe case, an inquest has opened into the deaths of two men who died after a tumble dryer caught fire.
The LGA – which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales – wants manufacturers to recall affected tumble dryers.
It has also called for all white goods to have fire-proof markings on them, including the manufacturer, model and serial number, so they can be identified more easily if they are damaged after causing a fire.
“It’s been months since some manufacturers issued safety warnings over their tumble dryers but they need to be recalled as these appliances are still causing fires – until they do so, consumers continue to risk falling victim to a devastating and tragic house fire,” said Mr Hilton.
Some 5.3 million faulty appliances were manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 and sold in the UK.
Whirlpool said that more than a million were estimated to have been replaced or are no longer used by owners. The remainder require a modification that will see an engineer replace the back panel and rear drum seal.
Affected brands are Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline.
Owners can check if their appliance is affected by visiting the Hotpoint model checker or the Indesit model checker and entering the model number, usually found on the back of the dryer door.
Owners of 17,000 Swan appliances manufactured and sold through Shop Direct have been contacted directly.
Some 41,000 Proline tumble dryers were manufactured and sold by the KESA Group between 2004 and 2005. It is estimated that about 14,500 are potentially still in use and efforts are being made to contact the owners of them and to install modifications.
Owners can still use their dryers, but they should clean the lint filter after every use, and never run the dryers while they are out of the house or asleep.
“People must take simple precautions using tumble dryers,” said Mr Hilton of the LGA. “The compartment where fibres from fabric build up should be cleaned out after every load of clothes is dried, to reduce the risk of it igniting, and the vent or any other opening should not be covered.
Have professional dryer duct cleaning done on a regular basis. Most homes require this service once every two years, while some homes require this on a much more frequent basis. The frequency of cleaning depends on a number of factors such as how long your dryer duct is, and how often the dryer is used. If you use your clothes dryer just about every day, then you should probably be having your dryer vent pipes cleaned at least once per year.
“People should never leave tumble dryers on overnight or when they go out,” he added.
Anyone with concerns about the safety of electrical appliances can report them to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36562398
Valentine’s Day Special – Duct Cleaning Toronto
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT CITY DUCT CLEANING
Valentine’s Day can be a complicated time. There are gifts to buy, dinners to book, and there’s a lot of pressure on you to deliver. Everything’s supposed to be perfect. But the problem is, everyone else is trying to do the same thing.
Remember those chocolates she didn’t like? The restaurant that was too crowded with guys trying way too hard to impress? The romantic weekend you planned where Murphy’s Law got in the way and everything that could possibly go wrong did?
I’m telling you, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are other ways to live your life.
What if, for example, you could give the gift of clean air? That would be something else, wouldn’t it? Imagine giving a gift that keeps on making a difference with every single breath she takes?
I’m sure that probably sounds too good to be true, but trust me, it’s not. You really can give the gift of clean air.
With City Duct Cleaning, right now, you can get $50 off an already low price for a full air duct cleaning in your home. Their complete cleaning process includes all the ducts in your house along with all related HVAC components.
There are tons of benefits to taking advantage of this Valentine’s Day special. Studies show, for example, that up to 40 pounds of dust can be accumulated in an average-sized home every year. Then, it gets recirculated back through your HVAC system, and the problem can just get worse and worse.
A good duct and HVAC system cleaning can also help save you money, because your system’s not going to have to work so hard when it’s running clean. So, you can also think about an air duct cleaning as being about equivalent to giving the gift of cash. And everyone likes a gift of cash, don’t they?
If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can also get the City Duct Cleaning guys to clean your dryer duct while they’re doing everything else. Lint and other contaminants can accumulate in your dryer duct, weakening its performance. And there’s nothing worse than a weak dryer, is there?
So, to summarize, giving the gift of air duct cleaning from City Duct Cleaning actually means you’re giving her the following:
• Clean air
• Peace of mind
With all that and more, what are you waiting for?
Well, don’t wait long. This Valentine’s Day special from City Duct Cleaning is available until February 19th. These guys have been around for a while, and they know what they’re doing. They’ll do a great job, they’ll treat your home as if it was their own, and they’re a company you can trust. Their reputation is on the line with every job they do, so they’ll take care to get it done right.
Find out more at http://www.cityductcleaning.com/frequently-asked-questions/, and get in touch with them now to give the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving!
Air Duct Cleaning Cost
Air Duct Cleaning Cost In Toronto
There is a fairly wide range of pricing that you can find while shopping for air duct cleaning in the Toronto area.
For an average, 1500 square foot home, our prices would be somewhere in the middle of the range in pricing. We charge a fair price for our quality workmanship and our pricing is very reasonable.
We charge a base price of $259.00 which includes the first ten air vents, whether they are supply or return air vents, and then each additional air vent after that is $8.00 each.
The price includes as many “hookups” as is required to do the job, and also includes the cleaning of all the air handling parts of your furnace. Those include the furnace fan, the air conditioning coil, all the compartments and the air filter. This provides a complete job, and there are no extra or hidden fees.
So for that average, 1,500 square foot home our price would be about $289.00 based on 15 air vents. Be sure to check our duct cleaning coupon or watch for other duct cleaning specials.
Pricing in Toronto ranges from a $89.00 “whole house special”, which may cause more harm to your home than it will good. We’ve seen pricing for residential duct cleaning at $69.00 per hookup plus $6.00 per vent (which can end up costing you alot) to well over $500 for that same job.
The whole house special “deals” rarely if ever include quality workmanship or even the use of proper duct cleaning equipment, and will ALWAYS have additional charges. If you add up all the extra charges then you’re already well above our honest price.
The ones with the $69.00 or less per “hookup fee” is also a scam because that hookup fee applies as many times as they can make it. Every time they cut a hole into your duct system to attach the vacuum hose is one more time they charge you a hookup fee. Every home has as least one main supply and one main cold air duct, so there’s two hookup fees already. Some homes require five or six hookups just because of the configuration of their duct system, so if you do the math, those cheap hookup fees add up pretty quick!
But it all sounds cheaper on the phone, and since most people shop by price only without asking for enough of the details, most of our competition prey on people’s ignorance about the industry. Their pricing methods are often deceptive on purpose.
At City Duct Cleaning we have been serving the Toronto area since 1985 (we incorporated in 1987) and we are a very reputable, award-winning company in our industry. We treat all our customers with honesty and respect and we always tell it like it is. There should be more companies out there who share our old-fashioned values in today’s world, but unfortunately there is not. That’s part of the reason why we have such a high rate of repeat customers.
Did You Know?
61% of our residential duct cleaning customers also have us clean their dryer ducts?
There is a new home safety device called Lint Alert. It will monitor the condition of the dryer vent system in your home and will warn you of any possible problems. Watch the video or enquire over the phone.
Good Service Is Good Business
Here’s an interesting and very true quote that we’d like to share. “Good Service Is Good Business” – Siebel Ad.
This one hits close to home for us because its something that we’ve always been aware of. We have not only been aware of this fact but we’ve lived it and have practiced it always since we first opened the doors at City Duct Cleaning back in 1987.
Providing excellent service is something that we strive to do for all our customers. We know that the customer experience begins with their first phone call. We have knowledgeable office staff who are available to answer almost all of your questions related to our services. Our office staff are very polite and are extremely helpful but they are not duct cleaning technicians.
So if you ask some very technical question on the phone that they do not know, they’ll tell you straight up that they do not know, and will then most definitely find out for you and call you back promptly with the answer.
We are very upfront about our pricing, our methods and our services. All you have to do is ask. And if there was something that you forgot to ask, we’d probably tell you anyway if it is relevant to your request.
That’s where our good service begins but it definitely does not end there. Once an appointment has been made, we will keep in touch with you and once we are on site, that’s when the customer gets to see what we can really do.
We provide a number of additional services besides air duct cleaning. We also do related things such as dryer duct cleaning, air balancing, duct repair and furnace and duct installations and we are quite excellent at solving calls such as no heating in certain rooms or areas of your home. We’ve saved several people even the cost of a service call by solving such problems over the phone free of charge.
The owners of City Duct were in the heating industry before starting this company. They alone have about 75 years of combined experience, so there is very, very rarely any heating or duct-related issue that they can not solve. And if something were to come up? We personally know dozens of the best heating contractors in the city, and they are always available to us for consultation by phone or in person if we request it. So getting answers is not that hard.
We are always keeping an eye on our customer experience and will sometimes provide a quality questionaire that we might ask you to fill out. The feedback that we have received from this simple form during the last 25 years has helped us fine tune our procedures very nicely. We are always listening to our customers and this has helped us grow tremendously over the years.
If you need air duct cleaning services in your home or place of work, give us a call. You’ll like the way we do business.
Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning
Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning
Cleaning your dryer exhaust vent is a very important maintenance item and should be done at least once very two years.
Dryer vent duct cleaning is done with our high-pressure air snake system, while the dryer lint itself is collected by our truck-mounted vacuum.
During the procedure, we clean and inspect any flexible dryer vent connectors as well as the outside discharge vent.
Cleaning your dryer duct can help you save money on your energy costs because of the amount of hydro that your dryer uses. A clothes dryer is one of your home’s biggest energy users, and making sure that the duct is clean will help it to run more efficiently.
A clean exhaust system will help your dryer to run for shorter periods of time and will also reduce the possibility of having a dryer duct fire.
Dryer Duct Cleaning
Cleaning the dryer exhaust fan and ducts in your condo
Clothes dryer maintenance and fire prevention tips
Dryer Duct Cleaning Special
We’ve got a special ending this month for Dryer Exhaust duct cleaning where you can save 10% for a limited time.
Dryer duct cleaning will improve the safety of your dryer venting system and will help save you money on your energy bills.
If you’ve noticed that your clothes dryer is taking longer than usual to do its job, or if it requires two or more cycles to dry one load then you definitely need this.
Please call our office for a free estimate or to arrange a convenient appointment.
Visit our dryer duct cleaning page for more information.
Update on November 3, 2014…
We will honor this special once again until the end of the month.
Dryer duct cleaning is an excellent investment and will save you money and keep your home safer.
Take a look at these typical dryer venting systems that we have previously cleaned…
Dryer lint is highly flammable. Every one we know who has ever had a dryer duct fire before, now has this service done religiously. And for plenty good reason! Cleaning this out is money well spent!
New Home Safety Device
We are pleased to announce that City Duct Cleaning Inc. is a distributer of Lint Alert, which is a new home safety device that basically monitors the air pressure inside your dryer exhaust duct.
Why is this important? The air flow, or pressure inside your dryer vent, is often directly attributed to how dirty your exhaust piping is. A dirty dryer vent will make your clothes dryer consume more energy and is also a potential fire hazard.
The Lint Alert will warn you of any potential problems with your dryer’s venting system so that you can take any corrective action required BEFORE it becomes a problem.
Causes of venting problems could be excessive lint build-up inside the exhaust duct, a plugged dryer exhaust outlet, a crushed flexible dryer vent hose, etc.
Check out this informative video which explains more about Lint Alert.
Lint Alert can no longer be ordered online. It is best to have this device installed immediately after your dryer vent has been cleaned. That way, when it is calibrated during the installation, you will be getting a true reading as to what is good air flow. As the condition inside the pipe decreases, a series of lights will tell you the condition of your exhaust pipe at any given time. The installation procedure is quick and fairly easy, but should be done by a qualified expert.
The Lint Alert has a pass-through 120v plug, and also acts as a night light. It is easily installed in minutes.
The Technical Side To Cleaning A Dryer Vent
A magnehelic pressure gauge is a device, similar to a manometer, that is used to measure positive, negative, and differential pressures.
Just as a magnehelic gauge can give your HVAC technician a wealth of information about the operation of your furnace and duct system, it can also provide your duct cleaning technician with valuable information about your dryer exhaust vent too.
The magnehelic gauge can be used to quantify how blocked (or inefficient) a dryer is operating prior to cleaning the dryer vent. After cleaning, the gauge will tell you exactly how much more efficiently the dryer is venting. Technically speaking, dryer manufacturers say to have the dryer vent cleaned if the back pressure readings are greater than 0.6 – 0.75 inches of water column (wci), as indicated on the gauge itself.
The magnehelic gauge measures duct static pressure, which is the pressure the blower produces in the exhaust conduit. In this industry, back pressure is a result of one or more of these conditions: long duct runs, excessive elbows, squished transition hoses, lint buildup, bird nests, rodent nests, and termination hoods that are blocked or feature an inefficient design.
As you can see, cleaning a dryer exhaust duct can be narrowed down to a pretty exact science. Contact City Duct Cleaning today to schedule your dryer exhaust vent cleaning/inspection.