The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. These fires account for an average of 10 deaths and 310 injuries and more than $84.4 million in property damage annually.
If your dryer is not drying clothes like it used to or should be, you may not need a new dryer. A dryer vent exhaust clogged with lint reduces airflow, causing dryers to dangerously overheat and increases drying times, thus wasting energy that costs you money. A full load of wet clothes contains about one half gallon of water. As the water is removed, lint is created from the clothes. Reduced airflow results from lint buildup in the screen or other areas surrounding the dryer causing the dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures and possibly overheat. Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances in your home to operate. The longer it runs, the more money it costs you.