Upgrade your clothes dryer duct work to prevent fires in your home and business

All too often, I come across stories in the news about dirty clothes dryers and lint-clogged vents causing fires in homes and businesses. Here’s such a story from HartfordCourant.com in Hartford, Connecticut.

EAST HARTFORD: Clothes Dryer Malfunction Cited In House Fire“. The cause of the fire was, “Backed-up lint in the clothes dryer.”

Plastic, foil covered clothes dryer ducts sag and bend easily, creating pockets that catch lint which can lead to a fire.

“The incident, while minor, should serve as a lesson on appliance maintenance, said Assistant Fire Chief William Perez, who said the dryer’s vent pipe was clogged with lint,”

Need more convincing? Here’s another story from The Grand Rapids Press in Michigan, about a business that was destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire was, again, lint in the clothes dryer.

“Dryer suspected as cause of business fire”

“Fire investigators told owners of a spa damaged by a fire Tuesday that lint in a clothes dryer likely caused the blaze.”

“Amy Glass was at the spa Tuesday morning and had been doing laundry. She started the dryer and left to go to her daughter’s home about a mile away. When she returned, the building was in flames. A passing motorist reported the fire.”

Read the rest of the story online: “Dryer suspected as cause of business fire”

If you have the kind of clothes dryer ducts made from easily bendable foil or plastic, upgrade your ducts to ones made of metal, like this Deluxe Dryer Venting Kit

Deluxe Dryer Venting Kit Whirlpool SK8WF -Sale price: $14.32
Deluxe Dryer Venting Kit Whirlpool SK8WF -Sale price: $14.32

made by Whirlpool.  This clothes dryer venting kit will not only protect you against dangerous dryer lint build-up, it will also help your clothes dryer be more energy-efficient, helping you  save money on your energy bills.

If you have a long exhaust line, due to the design of your home or apartment, then  get the  Dryer Jet Booster by Whirlpool (Part number:9460DJ).

The Clothes Dryer Jet Booster will boost the drying power of your clothes  dryer and has an automatic on and off switch which can be  aligned  with the drying times used by your clothes dryer.

The Clothes Dryer Jet Booster will help reduce drying times, saving you money,  not to mention wear and tear on your clothes dryer.

Dryer Jet Booster Whirlpool 9460DJ -Sale price: $164.95
Dryer Jet Booster Whirlpool 9460DJ -Sale price: $164.95dryer.

After replacing your old dryer duct work with better, safer, metal duct work, go outside to where your duct work exhausts and make sure your outside clothes dryer vent is properly protected with a dryer vent hood. This dryer vent hood by Whirlpool (Part Number: GVHAW4) comes preassembled and includes removable bird and pest guard to keep rodents and birds from entering your home.

If you are looking for more clothes dryer installation parts, check out

Dryer Vent Hood Whirlpool GVHAW4 - Sale price: $5.99
Dryer Vent Hood Whirlpool GVHAW4 - Sale price: $5.99

the selection online at AP Wagner Appliance Parts.com.

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