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Should I have my dryer vent cleaned?

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Most dryer vents should be cleaned at least every two years or so depending on the length of your vent, how many turns and its usage. Dryers with shorter vents and little usage may be able to go longer than normal before being cleaned. However, if you have a family and wash and dry your clothes frequently then you might need to have a dryer vent cleaning yearly.

According to Consumer Reports, 2006 through 2008, says that major appliances caused more than 150,000 residential fires each year, resulting in 3,670 injuries, 150 deaths, and $547 million dollars in property damage. In 2,609 of 13,723 cases fires, lint buildup was determined as the leading cause.

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