Asked by: Xeber Tropko
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st March, 2020

Why is there lint behind my dryer?

An accumulation of excess lint around or behind your dryer can be the result of a clogged dryer vent. Since a clogged vent restricts airflow so that the air cannot move the lint to the outside of your home, it forces the lint into the area behind your dryer.

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In respect to this, where does lint build up in a dryer?

The lint that makes it past the filter gets trapped in crevices deep inside the lint filter trap and all along the dryer ductwork as it makes its way to the outside vent opening. When the lint builds up, they restrict airflow and lead to overheating, which can ignite the lint itself.

Also, how do I know if my dryer vent is clogged? How To Tell If Dryer Vent Is Clogged

  1. Excess Dry Times. One of the first signs that your dryer vent is clogged is when your clothes are no longer fully drying during a regular dry cycle.
  2. Burning Smell. Have you noticed a burnt odor coming from your dryer whenever you have a load going?
  3. Hot Exterior.
  4. Sizable Lint.

Simply so, is dryer lint dangerous?

Lint builds up in the lint trap, as well as inside the dryer vent and ductwork, reducing airflow and drying efficiency. Lint can cause humidity levels to rise around vents causing mildew and mold to develop in walls and insulation. But most importantly: Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires.

How often should I clean my dryer vent?

Dryer exhaust vents should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year depending on the size of the household and dryer usage.

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