Understand Air Flow in Your Dryer – Dryer Vent Cleaning

August 28, 2014

Odds are pretty good that you use your dryer on a pretty regular basis. Because of this, you should invest in dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to keep the circulation of air working properly. However, few people really understand why they need dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta because they don’t understand how the dryer works.

The most basic explanation is that it uses energy to power a fan that sucks air into the machine, where it’s heated up and transferred to the contents in your dryer’s tumbler, after which it’s pushed back out – usually through a pipe that leads to venting outside your house. The following is a more detailed explanation:

air flow in your dryer, Dryer Vent Cleaning
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There are openings located outside of the dryer in which outside air is sucked in through the use of a fan. Once the air is sucked in, it is moved past the dryer’s heating element, which heats the air. The heating element that heats up the air works kind of like a toaster – it’s a nichrome-wire element. It takes a lot of energy for this heating element to do its job, roughly 4,000 to 6,000 watts for the average machine.

The tumbler has several holes in the back that allows the heated air to move through. A metal stamping on the right makes sure that the air only passes through the tumbler after it has been heated.

The hot air will circulate throughout the tumbler, drying everything within it. Once it moves through the tumbler, it will pass through the holes located in the door and out through the large slot located at the bottom of the door, which leads right to the lint screen. Once the air passes through the lint screen, it goes down a duct that’s in the front of the dryer where it hits a fan. The fan then sucks the air from the center and forces it out through the duct located on the back of the dryer.

What to Expect from a Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

It will be the professional’s first job to find and remove the dryer cap on the outside.

Then they will slide along a tube-like vacuum and snake brush the vent into the vent to dislodge and remove any debris. In case any blockages are stuck to the walls of the vents, the professional will use the snake brush to remove them.

You should pay attention to your bends and elbows on your vents the most. It is imperative that these parts of the vent are vacuumed carefully since they collect debris more quickly than the rest of the vent.

Sometimes, professionals will also conduct a diagnostic test after the dryer vent cleaning. This test will find out how much pressure goes through the vent, how much gas makes it into your home, and finds out if there are any damages inside the vent.

But this isn’t part of every dryer duct cleaning. Most cleanings consist of scraping debris away and vacuuming them out of the vent.

The process of airflow is key to the dryer’s operation, which is why dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta is a must.  Contact us for more information on our dryer vent cleaning services.

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