Your dryer has a vent system that allows it to safely and quickly vent large amounts of hot air from the dryer to the outside. While usually efficient and safe a dangerous situation can occur over time due to lint build up in the vent combined with kinking of the dryer vent hose. Once the hose and vent are clogged or kinked there is a dryer vent fire hazard potential due to trapped heat. Therefore, it is important to ensure your dryer vents and dryer hoses do not get kinked and remain free of lint. This article will explain how to quickly and easily clean dryer exhaust hose attachments and remove kinks.
Before beginning make sure you shut off the main circuit breaker switch for the dryer and unplug the dryer from the wall. Gently pull the dryer a few inches from the wall for easy access to the dryer vent hose connection.
Locate the vent hose clamp holding the hose to the back of the dryer. Unscrew the screw holding the clamp tight and carefully disconnect the hose from the dryer. Use a dryer vent cleaner brush to pull out lint from inside the dryer vent opening and the vent hose itself. Credit: Rickharp at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Carefully use a vacuum cleaner hose to suck out more lint from the hose. Straighten out the hose as much as possible to get the most lint and get the vacuum hose in there good. Be careful not to puncture the dryer vent hose with the lint cleaner or vacuum.
Very carefully stretch and smooth out the length of the hose to remove kinks and twists. Inspect the hose for tears and cuts. If there are these you will need to replace the hose.
Also remove the hose from the vent outlet attached to your wall or to the exhaust outlet pipe. Clean out the outlet pipe and other end of the hose with the dryer vent lint cleaner. Reattach the hose to the exhaust pipe or outer vent. Make sure the clamp is tight.
Smooth out once more and reattach to the back of the dryer, making sure the clamp is tightly in place. Move the dryer back into place being careful not to bend or jam the dryer vent hose.
Turn the circuit breaker back on and test to ensure proper functioning. Ideally you should complete this lint removal cleaning about once a year for best results.
After you've cleaned and fixed your dryer vent hose, you might as well fix up your washing machine. Over time the washer belt can become loose causing your washer to rattle and be less effective at cleaning. Left unfixed a loose washing machine belt can eventually cause damage or completely snap. You'll want to read up on how to tighten your front loading washer machine belt: How to Tighten Washing Machine Belts.