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Dryer Grate Looks Burnt

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In the midst of maintaining your home through washing dishes, vacuuming, and countless loads of laundry, you may notice an issue with your clothes dryer and take a closer look. While examining your dryer, you may find that one or two of the vents on the back of your clothes dryer has burn residue around it. An observation of something being burnt in your home can be concerning, so it is important to understand the causes and potential effects of why your dyer grate looks burnt. 

As a professional dryer vent cleaning service in Colorado Springs, we take dryer safety and the safety of your home and loved ones very seriously. According to the National Fire Protection Agency,  a study that was conducted from 2010-2014 showed that an average of 15,970 home fires were caused by either dryers or washing machines each year. With almost 92% of these fires occurring by a dryer. These fires are most commonly caused by blockages in the dryer vents or poorly maintained dryers. Hence why Planet Duct has invested years in training and experience about these risks and preventative measures that can be taken to prevent them. One of our most popular services is dryer vent cleaning and safety inspections. This allows us to thoroughly clean the dryer vents and assess their safety and the overall safety of the dryer. 

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What Is The Vent In The Back of The Dryer For? 

The majority of standard clothes dryers include two vents on the back wall of the inside of your dryer. The first vent, most commonly located on the left side, is called the heat inlet grille. The second, being on the right, is an outlet grille. The vent in question is the heat inlet grille which allows the heating element of your dryer to expel its heat into the main compartment of the dryer. The drum then moves around tossing your clothes. The proper combination of  heat and the movement of the clothes is what allows the dryer to perform safely and efficiently. 

Why Is My Dryer Vent Burnt?

The processes of pushing hot air through the heat inlet grille makes it similar to an exhaust system. It allows the heat to both enter the machine and dry your clothes as well as escape safely out of the dryer. Thus, the burn-like residue left over from this process can be caused by a number of things:

  • Color run-off from clothes
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Heat traveling through the vent

How To Prevent Dryer Vent Burning

Fortunately, these are all minor issues and are common in most dryers. The burn residue is not a fire hazard itself because it is a product of the dryer being used. The heat, color from your clothes and normal use all discolor the grille making it look burnt. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this from happening. In order to improve the aesthetics of the machine, it is possible to replace the metal grille. It is helpful to note that the residue will likely impact the new grille as well. 

Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning |  Planet Duct 

Although the discoloration or burnt residue on the vent inside your dryer is not considered a fire hazard,  Planet Duct is passionate about ensuring our neighbors throughout Colorado Springs are safe and comfortable in their homes. Since the leading cause of home fires stems from dryer vents, it is vital to have your dryer vents professionally cleaned. If you would like to learn why you should clean your dryer vents and how to protect your home from fires read Why Should I Have My Dryer Vents Cleaned? Our team of experts at Planet Duct is prepared to tackle any dryer cleaning issues, so give our team a call today to schedule your professional cleaning. We will send the mother ship with one of our qualified dryer vent technicians to clean and inspect your dryer.