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Are you finding your clothes are coming out of the dryer cycle less than dry? Dampness or even chilly clothes could be a sign of a few problems with a dryer but one quick thing to check is your dryer vent.

Dryer vents can clog up on virtually every dryer cycle with lint and other residue off clothes.

Normally you’ll check it every time before you start a dryer cycle for both functionality and safety purposes. But dryer vents can clog easily and cause a whole slew of problems for your dryer.

Over 15,000 house fires are caused every year by dryer fires started from a clogged dryer vent. But it may not always be obvious that the dryer vent is clogged and doesn’t always result in a fire. In fact, you may not even be sure where your dryer vent is. There are some signs to know it’s clogged or functioning improperly thought that can help you diagnose some issues with your dryer function.

These signs below can signal a couple different problems with your dryer but are also telltale signs that the dryer vent is clogged and in need of some care.

Long Dry Times

The first sign that something is wrong with the dryer vent is clothes that no longer dry on the normal cycle and require more than one cycle to get completely dry. This happens because a clogged dryer vent blocks the airflow in the dryer, leaving your clothes in a hot and moist environment the entire time they’re tumbling. They won’t get dry that way.

Hot to the Touch

While dryers should be warm, they should not be excessively hot to the touch. If you’re noticing your dryer is heating a great deal while it’s drying your clothes, it may be because your dryer is working harder to get the clothes dry. This could be from a clogged and closed off dryer vent that is preventing air flow, forcing the dryer to overheat and continue working. This can become a fire hazard if left unchecked.


The dryer vent is designed to catch lint but only in certain amounts. If your dryer vent is accumulating a lot of lint or you even find sizable junks of lint on your clothes inside the dryer, it’s a good sign that the dryer vent is too clogged up to properly do its job.

Related Questions

How Often Should I Get the Vent Cleaned?

Ideally you want to have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year. This depends on the size of your household and the frequency of usage, of course, but generally speaking a good rule of thumb is at least once a year for any dryer unit. It doesn’t hurt to have an appliance professional do the check as well.

What Is the Danger of a Fire?

A clogged dryer vent is a huge fire hazard. As the unit overheats, the dry lint trapped in the dryer vent begins to heat as well. The result will be a burning smell and eventually a fire. Every year, on average, 5 people die in fires caused by this way and $35 million in damage is rendered against homes due to dryer vent fires.

Don’t wait if you suspect your dryer vent is clogged with lint. Take a look at it or call a professional air duct cleaning service if you feel something is wrong with the dryer or it has become a fire hazard.

Unique Air Duct Cleaning provides dryer vent cleaning services that are a step above while getting the job done right with minimal disruption to your home. Using a high pressure air whip cleaning system, we work around your schedule. A dryer cleaning service can be scheduled, paid for, and completed without anyone having to be home.

Our air duct cleaning services include air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, HVAC cleaning, furnace cleaning, and more! We have the finest air duct and HVAC system cleaning professionals in the business and have been helping people breathe better air for over 25 years. Call us to learn more about our services and Special Offers!