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You can click on any of the icons below for a larger photo and a brief summary of the job.  This is to help you understand what we do and why we do it.  You can also click on the filter to see only jobs that are homes, villas, have semirigid vents, accordoin vents, and DryerFlex vents.

 Understanding Air Velocity

We have developed a chart that can give you an idea about how healthy your dryer vent is based on Air Velocity readings.  Please note that these are typical Air Velocity Readings from the vent termination on the roof in a typical home in The Villages.  The length, number of bends, the type of the dryer transition vent, and the way the transition vent is installed can affect these readings.

This means that homes with longer runs or more bends will have lower air velocity readings and homes with a shorter run will have higher air velocioty readings.  Homes in The Villages are fairly standardized, which allows us the luxury of making certain generalities which has led to the information below.  If your home is outside of The Villages, this chart may not be valid for you.

Rare                24 MPH +
Typically, only commercial dryers can reach this level of velocity, and even then, this is very rare.  With this level of velocity, it will take longer for lint to build up so these typically need to be cleaned less often.

Commercial    22 – 24 MPH
Typically, only commercial dryers can reach this level of air velocity.  On some rare occasions, if the dryer vents are shorter and without bends, a regular dryer can reach this level of velocity.  We would consider this as a highly efficient dryer vent.

Clean              20 – 22 MPH
This is typically the air velocity of a freshly cleaned dryer vent from a dryer that is correctly installed with a semirigid transition vent or a DryerFlex.  Most of the homes in The Villages will have an air velocity reading between 20-22 miles per hour of airflow if it is correctly installed and clean.

Safe                 18 – 20 MPH
These vents have some lint in it, but it is still operating safely, and cleaning can be delayed for another year.  We use a visual inspection of the degree of lint to determine if cleaning is recommended.  Some clean dryer vents may show this level of air velocity if the dryer duct is longer, has several bends, or if there is a 90 degree elbow attached to the dryer before the dryer transition vent.  Commercial Units should be cleaned.

Service            16 – 18 MPH
If a dryer is correctly installed with a semirigid or DryerFlex transition vent, this is the ideal time to clean a dryer vent.  The vent is slightly obstructed, but it isn’t affecting the dryer yet.  This is often the highest air velocity a dryer that is incorrectly installed with an accordion style foil transition vent can reach.

Suffering         14 – 16 MPH
At this level of lint obstruction, the dryer is having to work hard, longer, and get hotter.  This is often when a dryer sensor will alert users.  This affects the utility bills and starts to lower the lifespan of the dryer.

Damaging       12 – 14 MPH
The dryer is being damaged.  The heat element is having to over work, and lint can’t escape the dryer.  This is also when you will start to see a dryer’s thermo-fuse and/or heat element fail, requiring a licensed appliance repair specialist to fix your dryer.

Danger            10 – 12 MPH
This is when a resident should be concerned with operating the dryer.  If the thermos-fuse hasn’t turned the heat element off, there is a potential risk of a fire as lint has likely built up inside the dryer.

Do Not Use     0 – 10 MPH
We consider these vents completely blocked and would not recommend using the dryer at all.  Operation is detrimental to the dryer and places you at more serious risk of a dryer fire.