Step 1 Identify the Signs of Lint Build-up
A small amount of lint build-up in your dryer vent might not be immediately noticeable. Over time though, there are a few signs you should be able to spot easily.
- Your clothes take longer to dry than usual. This may be particularly obvious with large, bulky items like towels and bedding.
- You notice a burning smell when operating your dryer.
- Your clothes are hot to the touch when you take them out. Clothes should be warm, but if you have to wait for your laundry to cool down before unloading it you may have a lint build-up issue.
- You see lint around the dryer hose or around the visible part of the outside dryer flap.