Dryer Vent Cleaning in Madison – Why No One Does it Like Dryer Vent Wizard
Dryer Vents are Our Specialty
Do an online search for "dryer vent cleaners Madison" and you'll get dozens of listings. What makes Dryer Vent Wizard of Madison so special? Unlike HVAC companies and handyman services, Dryer Vent Wizard is the only company in Wisconsin specializing solely in dryer vents. Our employees are all C-DET certified, meaning they have met the standards of the Chimney Safety Institute of America and are Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians.
Besides dryer vent cleaning, our Wizards also re-route dryer vents to take the shortest distance possible to an exterior wall, repair or replace damaged dryer vents, and install dryer vents (and dryer vent exhausts) in both new and existing homes. For problematic installations where a longer than recommended length of vent line is necessary we also install booster fans to ensure good airflow through the dryer vent line.
Dryer Vent Wizard of Madison Services
- Dryer vent cleaning
- Repairs to dryer vent lines and couplings
- New dryer vent line installations
- Dryer vent rerouting
Dryer Vent Wizard serves all of greater Madison, including:
Ashton, Burke, Cottage Grove, Cross Plains, Door Creek, Fitchburg, Lake Windsor, Madison, Maple Bluff, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Shorewood Hills, Springfield Corners, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee, Westport, West Middleton
Why is dryer vent cleaning necessary?
Most homeowners don’t realize it, but over time small particles of lint from the dryer slip past the lint filter and accumulate inside the dryer vent line. The lint can build up to the point where it obstructs the flow of hot air being exhausted from your dryer. This can cause your dryer to run less efficiently. Clothes take longer to dry because the hot, damp air that should be exhausted from your dryer is instead stuck inside the dryer.
Even worse, a clog in a dryer vent line can ignite from prolonged exposure to the heated air being exhausted from a dryer. Every year, over 15,000 house fires get their start in a laundry room, usually from a lint clog in a dryer vent line.
Signs You May Have a Lint Clog In Your Dryer Vent
- Longer drying time - If it takes your dryer longer than one cycle to dry, chances are you have a vent obstruction impeding airflow. Properly functioning dryers do not require multiple cycles to dry a load of laundry.
- Excess lint behind dryer - Clogged dryer vents prevent dryer exhaust from passing freely through vent line. This leads to lint collecting around back of dryer where the transition hose connects to the exhaust line.
- It randomly shuts off - If a vent line is clogged, the heat won't be released. As the machine overheats, it may shut the dryer down in an attempt to prevent a fire. That's if you have a modern dryer with automatic shutoff.
- No lint on lint screen - Your dryer's lint screen should have to be cleaned after each drying cycle. If the lint screen doesn't have any lint on it, there may be an obstruction preventing the lint from going where it needs to.
- Moldy smell - Clogged vents cause mold growth inside the vent line and in your laundry room, causing odors and health concerns. Vent lines that don't exhaust outdoors also lead to mold growth wherever the exhaust vents.
How Often Should Dryer Vents be Cleaned?
A once-yearly dryer vent cleaning is usually fine for most households, but if you have a big family and do more than 6 loads per week, or regularly launder blankets with pet hair on them, it’s a good idea to have your vent line cleaned every 6 months. This isn’t just Dryer Vent Wizard trying to sell you on vent cleaning, this is also the recommendation of fire marshals all across the country.
Additional Services Provided by Dryer Vent Wizard in Madison
Washer Hose Replacement
If we’re out on a job and notice your washing machine hoses have corroded metal parts or bulges in the rubber, we’ll ask when they were installed. If they’re the typical rubber hoses, we’ll recommend replacing them…on the spot. And we'll replace them with braided stainless steel hoses, which are much more reliable than rubber hoses.
Most people have a washing machine installed and don’t think twice about the hoses carrying water to and from the washing machine. Unfortunately, the standard issue rubber hoses are only good for about 5 years. Leave them on longer, and there’s a very real risk of them rupturing and spewing water everywhere. If you're at work when it happens, you'll come home to several thousands of gallons of water on your floors.
Every Wizard carries replacement washing machine hoses with him. We don’t schedule appointments just to replace washer hoses, but if we’re at your place for dryer vent cleaning and notice your washer hoses need replacing, we’ve got what we need to do it for you.
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Transition Hose Replacement
All too often, dryers that were installed years ago have outdated—and unsafe—transition hoses. The ones with a white vinyl covering over metal spiral rings are the worst. These are notorious for erupting in flames if the hose gets crimped or clogged and the heat from your dryer can’t be exhausted properly. There are also some foil wrapped transition hoses that are just as bad.
We’ve been in many laundry rooms where the dryer has been pushed too far back against the transition hose and crushed it to the point the hot air from the dryer is not getting to the main dryer vent line. Whenever we see a problem with the transition hose, we recommend replacing it before doing another load of laundry. And we can replace it for you with the best transition hose on the market—a UL-rated, semi-rigid aluminum transition hose.
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Deep Cleaning of Dryer
Over time, the millions of tiny lint particles that aren’t trapped by the lint filter find their way into the interior of your dryer. There, they form a layer of lint on the internal mechanisms of your dryer. This lint can easily be ignited by a spark from an electrical component or heat from the gas flame of a gas dryer. We seen many dryers with scorched interior from fires that start from a layer of lint inside going up in flames (see photo to the right).
If your dryer is more than 5 years old, it’s a good idea to open it up and vacuum out the lint that inevitably accumulates inside. There are instructional videos online showing how to open up a dryer, but if you can’t find one for your dryer, or don’t feel comfortable disassembling your dryer to do this, our Wizards are here to help.
We don’t schedule appointments just for dryer cleaning, but if we’re at your house (or business) for a dryer vent cleaning and you’d like to have a deep cleaning done, we’ll put it on our to-do list. When we’re done, you’ll have more than a properly functioning dryer, you’ll have peace of mind.
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