How to Clean a Dryer Vent in 8 Steps
A clean dryer vent ensures optimal airflow and dry clothes. If your clothes are not getting dry, your appliance’s exhaust vent may be clogged. Follow this eight-step guide to learn how to clean a dryer duct yourself. If you prefer professional maintenance, learn more about the appliance service options from Maytag brand.
For more cleaning tips, learn how to clean your washer with this guide.
Cleaning a dryer duct: What you’ll need to get started
Maintaining a clean dryer, dryer vent and duct system can help maximize the performance of your dryer and also help prevent the risks of fire in your home. This guide and dryer cleaning kits from Maytag brand can help you clean your interior and exterior dryer vent in under two hours. If you have any questions or concerns with the maintenance of your gas or electric dryer, consider consulting a professional for assistance.
Dryer cleaning kit or cleaning brush
Vacuum with a hose
Refer to the video below for more tips and best practices on cleaning your dryer vent and how to resolve a “check vent” error code on your Maytag® dryer.
How often should I clean my dryer vent?
As a rule of thumb, your dryer’s entire ventilation system should be thoroughly cleaned at least once every two years. However, this cadence may vary depending on how often you use your dryer and if the ventilation becomes clogged. Additionally, remember to clean your dryer’s lint trap after each load.
How can I tell if a dryer vent is clogged?
If your clothes are taking longer to dry or not drying at all, there may be lint build up in your dryer vent. Clogged vents may also cause moisture and lint to collect indoors. Additionally, if your clothes feel extra hot out of the dryer or if a burning scent is present, consider clearing the vents. Many Maytag® dryers will also display an error code to alert you if there is an issue with the vent.
What’s the average cost of dryer vent cleaning if I hire a professional?
Maytag offers dependable service options for your appliances. Typically, dryer repairs and service appointments can range from $200 to $350, depending on the status of your warranty. While routine maintenance and cleaning can extend the life of your appliance, Maytag brand offers a wide variety of dryers if it’s time for an upgrade.
Does every dryer have a vent?
Some dryers are configured as ventless and do not need to circulate air through an exterior vent. These appliances, also known as condensing dryers, recirculate air through the drum itself and are typically installed in smaller homes or apartments. Learn more about the different types of dryers to find the model that best suits your needs.