Dryer vent cleaning services apply to the flexible (or sometimes built-in, hard-sided) duct that is attached to the back of your clothes dryer. This duct leads to an outside vent so the collected lint does not stay trapped inside the machine but rather exits the dryer. Over time, however, lint can still build up inside the lint trap housing, the duct and in the mouth of the vent itself, which poses a fire risk and reduces the performance of your dryer. Keeping your dryer duct and vent clean also contributes to better indoor air quality (IAQ).
It’s a good idea to have your dryer duct and vent cleaned once or twice a year—maybe more often if you do a lot of laundry. With thousands of fires sparked every year by clothes dryers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, paying a professional to clean your dryer duct and vent is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Homeowners can purchase dryer duct and vent cleaning kits at home improvement stores, but sometimes it is not easy to do it yourself, thanks to long, concealed vent runs with multiple turns. Dryer vent cleaning services typically also clean (and even repair) other types of vents and ducts, particularly those that make up heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Aero Duct Cleaning and and Dryer Vent Maintenance and DustBusters IAQ Specialists offer both services.
Some but not all dryer vent cleaning service companies may have certification or training from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) or Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Christopher Tomlin, owner of Smoke Alert Home Fire Safety, owned and operated by firefighters, recommends checking to see if service providers have certification, as well as reading customer reviews. The technicians employed by Bee’s Air Duct Cleaning to clean dryer ducts and vents are certified by the NADCA.
Duct cleaning services, including those that clean out dryer ducts and vents, use either a forced-air vacuum or brush cleaning method (and sometimes both). West Coast Power-Vac uses only the vacuum method, which may be more effective of you have not had your dryer or other ducts cleaned recently.
Many duct cleaning companies that provide multiple related services offer discounts or package deals on dryer vent cleaning when combined with another service. Bee’s Air Duct Cleaning, for example, charges $65 for dryer duct and vent cleaning when hired to clean HVAC ducts at the same time. David's Chimney Cleaning Service offers a chimney and dryer vent cleaning package for $150, which is a $45 savings over purchasing these services individually.
Before and after
Some service providers can capture before and after photos of your duct. This service is more common for complete HVAC cleanings, but some companies, including Aero Duct Cleaning and and Dryer Vent Maintenance and IBA Air Conditioning and Duct Cleaning, will take pictures of your dryer duct as well.
In addition to asking about package deals that combine HVAC duct or chimney cleaning with dryer vent cleaning, inquire about military and senior citizen discounts.