How Much Does it Cost to Have a Dryer Vent Cleaned?
The cost of dryer vent cleaning in Florida is typically between $100 and $200. The price will vary depending on the company you hire, the length of your dryer vent, and the severity of the blockage. Many companies offer discounts for customers who have their vents cleaned on a regular basis.
Assuming you already have the necessary tools, cleaning a dryer vent yourself will cost very little – only your time. The average homeowner can expect to spend around 30 minutes cleaning their dryer vent.
If you need to purchase any tools, you can expect to spend around $30-40 for a good quality dryer vent brush kit.
Overall, doing it yourself is the cheapest option when it comes to cleaning your dryer vent. However, it is important to note that if done incorrectly, there is a risk of damaging your dryer or causing a fire. If you are not confident in your ability to safely clean your dryer vent, it is best to hire a professional.
On average, hiring a professional to clean your dryer vent will cost around $100-150. However, this price can vary depending on the size and location of your vent, as well as the type of service required.
For example, a simple cleaning may only take 30 minutes and cost around $50, while a more complex job that requires disassembling part of the dryer could take 1-2 hours and cost closer to $200.
In most cases, it is best to hire a professional to clean your dryer vent, as they will have the knowledge and experience to do the job safely and correctly.
Is it Safe to Clean my Dryer Vent Myself?
If you have a gas dryer, it is not safe to clean the vent yourself. Gas dryers produce combustion gases that can be dangerous if released into your home. It is best to hire a professional to clean your gas dryer vent.
If you have an electric dryer, it is generally safe to clean the vent yourself. However, there are some important safety precautions you should take. First, disconnect the dryer from the power source before starting any work. Then, vacuum the lint trap and surrounding areas thoroughly before beginning any cleaning. When cleaning the vent pipe, use a soft brush or cloth to avoid damaging the pipe. Finally, make sure the vent pipe is completely dry before reconnecting the dryer to the power source.
In Florida, most dryer vents are exhausted at the roof. You will want to make sure you are comfortable with getting on the roof to properly clean the goose-neck to ensure the dryer vent is properly cleaned and functioning as designed. If you notice a screen at the dryer vent exhaust, remove it. In Florida dryer vent screens are against the Florida building code.
Dryer exhaust screens do not keep critters out, they cause your dryer vent to become clogged more frequently opening up the potential for causing unnecessary wear and tear on your dryer and possible fire hazards. A dryer vent exhaust has a dampener that opens when the dryer is on and closes when the dryer is off, this will ensure there is no access for the critters to enter your dryer vent. Ensuring the screen is removed and the dampener is functioning properly and not covered in lint to prevent it from functioning properly will ensure your exhaust is able to expel the air from the dryer.
This is not a guide or advice to clean your dryer vent, this is a hypothetical explanation of how I as a homeowner would clean mine.