Supercharge your dryer by cleaning its vent
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Supercharge your dryer by cleaning its vent

Dryers
[MUSIC] Even the most powerful or expensive dryer won't work well if it's hooked up to a dirty vent. Worse, all that lint and debris inside your vent is a serious fire hazard. Why not eliminate a potentially dangerous situation and increase your dryer's performance all a the same time? That's right, it's time to clean your drier vent. Before you clean it, you need to know where your drier vent is. In most cases, your home drier vent sits in a laundry room in the basement. An exhaust pipe connects to duct work that travels up and exits your house at ground level. Now disconnect your drier. If your appliance is electrically powered, unplug its chord from the wall. Next, carefully pull the dryer away from the wall duct. This will give you more room for work. Some dryers run on natural gas. If that's the case with you then be very careful not to disturb the gas line. The same goes for any water lines for steam Clean any dust or debris around the back of the dryer. Then grab a handy dryer vent cleaning kit from your local hardware store, and get to work. Some, like this one, have a brush on one end and an adapter to fit into power drills. Insert the brush into one end of the duct and spin clockwise as you push the whole assembly through. Hopefully you'll come out at the other end without much trouble. If it's been a while since your last cleaning, you're probably going to see a heck of a lot of junk. Coming out of your ductwork. Grab a vacuum broom and dust pan just in case. Now reconnect everything back the way it was. Once it's hooked up to a clean vent, you should see and feel improved airflow from the appliance. Expect your dryer to run safer and power through wet loads in less time too.

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