Common Causes of a Clogged Dryer Vent

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Is your dryer vent clogged or otherwise obstructed? Some people may brush this off as nothing more than a minor issue, but in reality it’s a serious hazard that places you and your family’s lives at risk.

 

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there were 2,900 dryer-related residential fires reported to U.S. fire departments between 2008 and 2010. These fired were responsible for 5 deaths, over 100 injuries, and some $35 million worth of property damage. The single most common cause of dryer-related house fires was clogged and/or dirty dryer vents.

 

Signs that your dryer vent is clogged may include:

 

  • Clothes are still wet after coming out of the dryer.
  • Inside of the dryer is unusually hot (heat is normally exhausted through the vent).
  • You smell the odor of burning fabric when your clothes dryer is running.
  • Lint and fabric debris covering the duct hood.
  • You haven’t cleaned your dryer vent in over a year.

 

When lint and debris build up inside the dryer hose and duct, it can restrict the flow of hot air and gasses – air that is normally exhausted from dryer to outside the home. The continued use of a clothes dryer with a clogged exhaust vent can subsequently result in a fire. This is why it’s important for homeowners to routinely inspect and clean their vents.

 

There are several different factors that may play a role in the clogging of a dryer vent, one of which is failure to clean the lint trap. Whether you own a top-loader or front-loader, you should clean the lint filter before each load of clothes. Filters do an excellent job as catching most of the lint, but failing to clean it will result in some lint making its way past the filter and into the exhaust vent.

 

Another common cause of a clogged dryer vent is items falling into the lint trap. It’s not uncommon for family members to place the contents of their pants pockets on top of the washing machine next to the lint trap. If gum wrappers, coins, keys or other items fall into the lint trap, it could get sucked into the vent, where it blocks the gas and air from exhausting properly.

 

A good rule of thumb is to clean your dryer vent at least once a year. Maintaining a clean dryer vent will greatly reduce the risk of dryer-related house fires while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your clothes dryer.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Safe With Proper Appliance Use and Repair

A safe kitchen equals a happy kitchen. Unfortunately, when safety precautions are neglected, accidents tend to happen. To lessen the chance of a serious mishap, there are a number of safety tips that you must consistently follow to help you create a danger free cooking environment.

  1. Know your appliances. Whether you’ve recently bought a new stove or a new blender, becoming familiar with the appliance before operating it is crucial. While testing it prior to reading the directions is tempting, it can also be dangerous. Before you plug your newly purchased kitchen appliance in, sit down and diligently read through the instructions. Once you’ve gotten familiar with the installation process and its operating procedures, you’ll be ready to safely give your appliance a try.

  2. Wear the proper attire. Loose sleeves and baggy shirts in the kitchen are a huge safety hazard. Both types of clothing run the risk of catching fire while you’re reaching over a burner or into your oven. Fortunately, preventing this accident, simply requires you wear shirts that are fitting and don’t hang loosely while you cook..

  3. Keep it Clean. Spills and grease left in your oven can result in a serious kitchen fire. You can avoid this potentially devastating disaster by cleaning the inside of your appliance on a regular basis. Wiping up spills immediately after your oven has cooled is also a precautionary measure that decreases the risk of a fire erupting

  4. Don’t ignore an appliance malfunction. When you suspect your appliance is on the fritz, putting off the necessary repairs can lead to a dangerous situation. Whether it’s your microwave or your stove, a defect that is ignored, day after day, can cause a serious kitchen hazard. If you notice an issue with one of your appliances, calling your local appliance repair company is the best and safest way of handling the malfunction.

  5. Keep an eye on the wires. Each month, walk around your kitchen and inspect the plugs and cords on your appliances. If any appear frayed, you’ll need to have them replaced, immediately. Another wise tip to follow is don’t use an extension cord with your heavy duty kitchen appliances. Fires are often caused by extension cords that become overheated due to improper use.

If you have questions about safely operating an appliance, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact An Appliance Service Before You Replace Your Appliance

Appliances have become a vital part of our daily lives. The appliances we have in our home help us save time with the daily tasks we have to complete everything. As much as we use our appliances, some of them will not come with a lifetime warranty or a lifetime guarantee. So, there will certainly be some appliance errors and functional issues. Errors and problems are not uncommon in appliances, especially when they are constantly being used.

Don’t fear when your appliances start to give you problems, you can pick up the phone and call the appliance service experts. Your appliances can break or have damages from a variety of different ways. Getting help from professionals can save your appliances so you will not have to spend more money on new appliances. You can save a significant amount of money by getting your appliances repaired.

When your appliances break, it does not mean they are no good and should be thrown away. The professionals who are repairing your appliances can give you information about the exact problem. You do not want to risk shocking yourself or doing something that will cause an increase in your electric bill. You definitely do not want to make the appliance situation worse than it may be. When you call on an appliance repair professional, you can enjoy the smooth transition of getting back into your daily routine.

When your appliances are back to working properly, you will no longer have to deal with the inconvenience of your appliances not working. Your home will also be much safer because you will not have to be concern with the dangers of faulty appliances. Appliances will go through the normal wear and tear, that is common.

When your machine breaks down, and you think it is wise to just get another one, you should think about contacting an appliance repair service. Before you replace the appliance, it will be worth a few minutes of your time to contact an appliance repair professional. Sometimes people think it will be cheaper to just buy a new one than have it repaired, without even contacting a service.

Contact us for any information you may have about your appliance.

Should You Rinse Dishes Before Placing Them In The Dishwasher?

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This is a question many people ask themselves but few ever bring up. When your dishes have visible chunks of food stuck on the surface, common sense should tell you to clean them in the sink before placing them in the dishwasher. After all, you don’t want this debris clogging up and potentially damaging your dishwasher. But pre-rinsing may do more harm than good…
According to a 2012 article published by ConsumerReports.org, pre-rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher can use more than 6,000 gallons of water per year (source)! A standard kitchen faucet puts out 1.5 to 2.2 gallons of water per minute. Some of the older models, however, can release as much as 7 gallons of water per minute. So spending just 5 minutes each day pre-rinsing your dishes can drastically increase your water usage, which subsequently raises your utility bills.

 

When you pre-rinse your dishes, you are using both water and electricity/gas. Most people use warm water to help dislodge and clean off stubborn food debris. While warm water is proven to be more effective at cleaning than cold water, it relies on the use of a water heater. If you have a gas-powered water heater, your gas bill will increase as a result of pre-rinsing your dishes. If you have an electric water heater, your electricity bill will increase.

 

But the real problem caused by pre-rinsing is its adverse effect on the dishwasher’s function. You see, dish detergent is engineered to actively seek out and target food scraps left on dishes. When these scraps are removed from the picture, the detergent may attack the dishes instead, leaving behind cloudy residue and in rare cases, scratches.

 

So, should you pre-rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher? The short answer is no, you shouldn’t pre-rinse them. However, this doesn’t mean you should stack plates and bowls with caked-on food debris in your dishwasher. Doing so may result in debris getting sucked into the drain line, clogging it and preventing the unit from draining properly. Most dishwashers have filters which are designed to catch food particles, but it’s not uncommon for debris to make its way past the filter and into the drain line.

 

Rather than pre-rinsing your dishes in the sink, scrape them in the trash to remove any large chunks of food. Taking a minute or two to scrape your plate will improve your dishwasher’s cleaning ability while also lowering your energy usage.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Tumble Dryer

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A tumble dryer is a special type of clothes dryer that continuously draws in air from the outside and heats it before sending it into the tumbler. Rather than re-using the hot air, it exhausts it through the vent while simultaneously creating more hot air.

 

Tumble dryers are popular in the U.K., where approximately 60% of homes uses them. While they may not see quite as much use in the U.S., some families still prefer their simple and effective design. Before you invest in a tumble dryer, however, you should weigh the pros and cons.

 

Advantages of Tumble Dryer

 

One of the greatest advantages of tumble dryers is their fast drying times. When you’re in a bind and need a single garment or full load dried, you can toss them in the tumbler. In just 10-15 minutes, the clothes should be completely dry and ready to wear. This is particularly beneficial for parents who are constantly washing and drying their kid’s clothes.

 

Tumble dryers are relatively cheap when compared to other types of the clothes dryers. Their large capacity and low price tag makes them an attractive choice for many budget-conscious families.

 

Disadvantages of Tumble Dryer

 

Of course, there are some disadvantages to tumble dryers as well, including their energy-hungry design. Since tumble dryers continuously exhaust their hot air, they must use electricity or gas to constantly heat up new air. This design results in a significant loss of energy, which subsequently increases the utility bills for consumers.

 

One study found that if every house in the U.K. dried one less load of clothes per  week, it would save roughly a million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, which is due in part to the energy-hungry design of tumble dryers.

 

If you read the care label on your clothes and garments, you’ll probably find that some (not all) specifically state “DO NOT TUMBLE DRY.” The heat generates by these units may shrink, fray, or otherwise damage certain types of fabrics. Granted, wool, silk, cashmere, and other “fine” fabrics are more susceptible to damage from tumble drying, but the fact is that you must check your care labels each time before starting a load.

 

Tumble dryers may offer a fast and effective way to dry clothes, but their energy-hungry design is ultimately a deal breaker for many individuals and families. With all of the ENERGY STAR-approved models currently on the market, it really doesn’t make sense to choose a tumble dryer.