How Often Should Dryer Vents Be Cleaned? - February 23rd 2009


How Often Should Dryer Vents Be Cleaned?


Q: We have a few units in our townhouse complex that have had problems with their dryer vents leaking through the ceiling, caused by lint blocking the vent.

One resident has complained that her clothes are taking a long time to dry. The distance from the dryer to the outside wall is about 4.5 metres.

It seems many owners are not aware that dryer vents have to be checked regularly. How often would you suggest getting these serviced?




A: Clogged filters and ducts restrict airflow, decrease energy efficiency and can be a fire hazard. It is important to have your dryer vents cleaned every year.

If there is a long distance from the dryer to the outside vent, you will require the service of a reputable duct cleaner that is equipped to take care of this.