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Ottawa Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts Serving Ottawa and the Surrounding Area

Dryer vents play a key role in maintaining the efficiency and safety of your clothes dryer. When a dryer vent becomes clogged or obstructed, it can lead to several issues, including longer drying times, increased energy consumption, and even potential fire hazards. Consequently, dryer vent cleaning is not something you should overlook or put off.

At Francis Home Environment, we can make Ottawa dryer vent cleaning easy! Our experienced and highly trained technicians are ready to efficiently inspect and clean your dryer vent. We have the knowledge and tools to detect and address problems before they escalate into costly repairs or dangerous situations. Our professionals are not satisfied until you are, so you can trust your dyer will be in capable hands. 

We can help keep your laundry room efficient and safe! Contact us online or call (343) 453-5603 to schedule service today.

Why Do Dryer Vents Need to Be Cleaned?

One of the main reasons you need to maintain a clean dryer vent is to prevent the build-up of lint and debris. Lint is highly flammable and, if accumulated within the dryer vent, can pose a severe fire risk. Thousands of house fires each year stem from clogged dryer vents. These blazes can result in devastating property damage, injuries, and, in the worst cases, loss of life. By scheduling professional dryer vent cleaning, you significantly reduce the risk of such catastrophic events and help protect the safety of your home and loved ones.

A clogged dryer vent can also lead to reduced efficiency and performance of your dryer. When airflow is restricted due to lint blockage, the dryer must work harder and longer to dry clothes. This not only increases energy consumption, leading to higher utility bills, but also places additional strain on the appliance. Over time, the added wear and tear can shorten the lifespan of your dryer, leading to more frequent repairs or even premature replacement. A clean dryer vent allows for optimal airflow and helps keep your appliance running at its best.

In addition to safety and efficiency concerns, a clean dryer vent also contributes to the overall indoor air quality of your home. Blocked vents can cause moisture to become trapped inside the dryer or vent system, which can then lead to mould growth and musty odours. Mould spores released into the air can affect respiratory health, particularly for individuals with allergies or asthma. Keeping your dryer vent free from obstructions helps maintain proper moisture levels and prevent the growth of mould.

How Often Do Dryer Vents Need to Be Cleaned?

Determining how often dryer vents need to be cleaned depends on several factors, including the frequency of dryer use, the type of dryer, and the length of the venting system. We usually recommend scheduling dryer vent cleaning at least once a year. For households that use their dryer more frequently, such as larger families or those who launder clothing several times a week, more frequent cleaning may be necessary – potentially every six months or even quarterly. Beyond these general recommendations, regular visual inspection and paying attention to the dryer's performance can provide key indicators of when a cleaning is needed.

The length and configuration of the venting system also plays a role in how frequently dryer vents need cleaning. Homes with longer venting systems, especially those with multiple bends and turns, are more prone to lint accumulation and blockages. These configurations require more frequent cleaning since they pose a higher risk of airflow restrictions. Additionally, dryers that vent vertically instead of horizontally are more susceptible to clogging due to gravity working against the natural airflow and thus tend to require more diligent maintenance.

For pet owners, the presence of pet hair can exacerbate the accumulation of lint in the dryer vent, leading to faster build-up and blockages. Pet hair tends to cling to clothing and can easily make its way into the venting system alongside lint. In these cases, cleaning the dryer vent more frequently helps keep blockages from becoming a regular problem.

Not sure how often you need to schedule Ottawa dryer vent cleaning? We have your back. Our team can assess your laundry room setup and walk you through what your dryer needs. We are confident we can help you find a cleaning plan that keeps your home safe while fitting your budget. 

Signs Your Dryer Vents Are Clogged

Sometimes, your dryer vent may become clogged unexpectedly. You should not wait until your next scheduled professional cleaning if there are signs your appliance needs prompt attention, which is why it is important to be aware of the early warning signs of a blocked vent. Remember, an obstructed dryer vent is a fire safety hazard, so you should not wait to reach out to Francis Home Environment if you spot signs of trouble. 

Here are some signs your dryer vent likely needs immediate cleaning:

  • Extended dryer times. One of the most obvious signs of a clogged dryer vent is when clothes take much longer to dry than usual. If you find that a standard load is not drying within a single cycle and requires multiple cycles, the appliance’s airflow is likely restricted. This extended drying time not only inconveniences you but also forces the dryer to work harder, increasing energy consumption and straining the appliance.
  • Excessive heat build-up. Your dyer will often be warm to the touch when it’s running, but if you notice that the exterior of your dryer or the entire laundry room is becoming especially hot during the drying process, the appliance’s vent could be clogged. Restricted airflow causes heat to build up inside the dryer, which can lead to the overheating of the appliance. In extreme cases, this excessive heat can damage internal components, reducing the longevity of the dryer and potentially leading to fires.
  • Burning smell. A burning smell emanating from your dryer is a serious red flag that suggests the vent is clogged. When lint accumulates and restricts airflow, it can overheat and potentially ignite, leading to a fire hazard. Should you detect any burning odour, you should stop the dryer immediately and give Francis Home Environment a call.
  • Lint accumulation around the vent opening. If you observe an unusual amount of lint and debris accumulation around the vent opening or the surrounding areas, it indicates that the air is not flowing freely through the vent. This lint build-up can further restrict airflow, worsening the problem over time.
  • Dryer shutting off mid-cycle. Modern dryers are equipped with automatic shutoff features to prevent overheating. If your dryer frequently shuts off mid-cycle, it could be a protective response caused by a clogged vent. If this occurs, you should schedule a professional inspection before running the dryer again.
  • Unexplained increases in energy bills. A spike in your energy bills without a corresponding increase in usage can be another sign of a clogged dryer vent. When the vent is blocked, the dryer must work harder and longer to perform its drying tasks. This increased energy usage results in higher utility costs.
  • Musty odours on clothes. Clothes that come out of the dryer smelling musty or damp may signal that the dryer vent is clogged. When moisture cannot escape through the vent due to blockages, it remains trapped inside the dryer, preventing clothes from drying completely. This lingering moisture can also promote the growth of mould and mildew, contributing to unpleasant smells.
  • Visible signs of wear and tear on the dryer. Unusual signs of wear and tear on your dryer, such as scorch marks or signs of melting on the vents, can indicate that the appliance is suffering due to restricted airflow. These physical signs are clear indicators that the dryer vent needs immediate cleaning to prevent further damage and help ensure the safe operation of the dryer.

If you are concerned about the safety of your appliance, we offer emergency Ottawa dryer vent cleaning 24/7! Call (343) 453-5603 or contact us online today.

Our FAQS

Providing You With Answers & Solutions
  • What is the Difference Between HVAC and Furnace?

    Again, this is another common question that we often receive from homeowners who are looking to install a new HVAC system into their homes. While an HVAC unit is responsible for heating, cooling, or ventilating your home, a furnace is simply a type of heating unit that comprises the home’s overall HVAC system. A furnace is either powered by electricity or natural gas. If you have natural gas in your home already, then chances are your furnace is also powered using this method compared to electricity.

    Further, regardless of the type of power used, the energy will produce heat onto a burner. The produced heat is then moved through what is known as a heat exchanger. The warmed air is then transferred out of your furnace system using your home’s ductwork before diffusing into each room of your home through air vents. At the same time, as your furnace produces heat, the combustion gasses created to do so are safely vented outside of your home using a flue pipe to ensure you do not come in contact with any carbon monoxide.

    The main components of your furnace system include:

    • The control system, also known as the thermostat
    • Gas valves
    • Burners
    • Heat exchangers
    • A motor blower
    • Ducts
    • Ventilation system
    • Flue pipe

    Together, they work to heat your thermostat to your liking regardless of what time of year it is.

    Are you thinking of installing a furnace in your home? Do you need repair or maintenance services for your furnace? Call us directly or book an appointment with Francis Home Environment today for more information on all HVAC.

  • What is the Difference Between AC and HVAC?

    This is a common question we receive from homeowners who are looking to install a new HVAC unit into their home, as there is some confusion about what each unit is. Therefore, to provide you with clarity, let’s take a look at what these differences are in more detail.

    Simply put, an HVAC unit is a heating, cooling, and air ventilating unit that is installed in your home. It allows homeowners to control the temperature inside their home to their preferences using a thermostat. This thermostat works to either increase or decrease the temperature. It also allows you to monitor your indoor temperature and set schedules for your heating and cooling cycles.

    On the other hand, an HVAC unit is in charge of circulating air inside your home. As a result, it helps homeowners keep their indoor air clean by removing any dust, hair, dirt, and other airborne contaminants that can affect your health. In addition, it also helps ensure your indoor air quality is not stagnant. Generally speaking, HVAC units will fall into these categories.

    • Air conditioners
    • Heat pumps
    • Boilers
    • UV air purifiers
    • Humidifiers
    • Water heaters
    • Furnace

    As you can see, an air conditioner is a type of HVAC unit responsible for heating your home. These can either be ductless or work using the ductwork of your home. The air conditioning unit will draw hot air into your home’s ductwork through a vent before it is drawn into your unit’s compartment. If you have a ductless system, it will draw air from the outside of your home before it is drawn into its compartment. The warm air is cooled using a refrigerant liquid that removes the heat from the air before it is blown back into your home using ductwork or through a vent on your air conditioning unit. The process of cooling the air is continued until the desired temperature set on your thermostat has been reached.

    The main components of your home’s air conditioning unit include:

    • Refrigerant
    • Compressor
    • Condenser coils
    • Air ducts, if applicable to your home
    • Expansion valve
    • Evaporator coil

    AS you can see, it is easy to get these two systems mixed as they are technically the same thing, yet they are different as well. Therefore, if you want to learn more about installing an air conditioning unit in your home or require repair or maintenance services for your home’s current air conditioning unit, the team at Francis Home Environment is here to help.

  • How Much Does HVAC Installation Cost in Ottawa?

    At Francis Home Environment, we recognize that every homeowner and home is different. And with over 85 years in the industry, we can confirm that when it comes to installing an HVAC into your home in Ottawa, there isn’t a one size fits all solution. Therefore, before we are able to provide you with an installation cost for a new HVAC in Ottawa, homeowners must first schedule a free at-home consultation with one of our technicians.

    During your consultation, a professional HVAC technician will listen to your unique needs as a homeowner before conducting a thorough inspection of your property. Once this is complete, a Francis Home Environment professional will be able to provide you with suggestions and recommendations on how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency while staying within your budget.

    Therefore, while we are unable to provide you with an installation cost online, we can provide you with a list of factors that will ultimately play a role in the final price so you can have a better understanding of what to inspect.

    Here is a closer look at some of these essential factors unique to your home and lifestyle:

    • The type of HVAC system you wish to install into your home.
    • The type of HVAC system currently installed on your property.
    • The scope of the project at hand.
    • The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of the HVAC unit you need for your home to operate as efficiently as possible.
    • The cost of labor relative to the size of your project.
    • The installation techniques needed to connect your new HVAC unit based on the size, layout, and other factors of your home.

    Another important consideration that will help us determine the appropriate size of your HVAC unit is the number of British Thermal Units (BTUs) required to heat and cool your home. This energy unit measures how much power it takes to heat one pound of water. Each HVAC unit has a different BTU number. This number is determined by:

    • The age of your home.
    • The quality of your home’s insulation, in addition to its heat gain and loss.
    • The total square footage of your home.
    • The layout of the rooms and floors throughout your home.
    • The style and quality of ductwork you have installed in your home.
    • The height of your ceilings.

    As you can see, choosing the correct HVAC unit for your home, along with the process of installation, are pretty complicated. As such, it’s common for homeowners to feel overwhelmed, especially when they do not have professional guidance to rely on. For example, without the professional advice of an HVAC company, you risk installing a unit into your home that is either too small or too large for your home. When this occurs, you will inevitably use more power to cool and heat your home than is required. In the end, it will end up costing you more money on your monthly energy bill. In addition, with a system that is the wrong size, you risk causing damage to your home that can end up costing you money over time as well.

    However, with the help of Francis Home Environment and our licensed, expert HVAC technicians, we’ll work with you closely from start to finish to ensure you feel well-informed and confident in the decisions made for your home from start to finish. Regardless of the type of project at hand, Francis Home Environment has your best interests in mind, so you can rest assured knowing your home is in good hands.

    At Francis Home Environment, we’re happy to offer all Ottawa homeowners financing when purchasing a new HVAC system!

    For more information on installation costs and choosing an HVAC in Ottawa that will optimize your home’s energy efficiency based on the unique features of your home, call us directly or book a free consultation with Francis Home Environment today so we can get you back to enjoying your home in no time.

  • What to Look for in an HVAC Servicing Company?

    When it comes to choosing a company to partner with for your HVAC services, sometimes, it can be not easy to select one that is reliable enough to get the job done right the first time. Therefore, it is essential that homeowners do their due diligence and research before signing a contract with any HVAC servicing company, as it can end up costing them more money in the long run if something is not repaired or installed correctly.

    Therefore, to ensure that homeowners feel well-informed when making their decision, here are some of the most critical factors that you should look for in an HVAC servicing company that prove they are trustworthy and suitable for the job:

    Years of Experience 

    One of the first and most important factors in choosing the right company for your HVAC services is choosing a business that has years of experience. While newer companies may provide quality work, it can lead to a hit or miss scenario. On the other hand, a company with years of experience has the knowledge and skills to keep a business up and running for an extended period of time.

    Positive Customer Reviews 

    The most telling sign that a business is reliable with its ability to offer you quality results is positive customer reviews. Customers are what make any business successful. Therefore, if the company has positive testimonials on its website and other social media pages from previous clients, then you can feel confident that what they are saying is true.

    Proper Licensing 

    All HVAC technicians and companies in Ottawa are required to have all the proper licenses and certifications to operate legally. Therefore, if you are looking for more confirmation that a company you’re thinking of working with is legitimate, ask them for proof of documentation to ensure that it is accurate and valid.

    Insurance/Warranty on Services 

    Further, the company you choose to partner with should also come with insurance and/or warranty on all services they offer. That way, if something should go wrong, you can rest assured knowing that you will not be reliable to pay for any repairs or modifications once a technician has finished servicing your home.

    Get a Free Quote 

    Companies that are unwilling to give homeowners free quotes should not be trusted. A professional company should provide you with a free estimate on the services you need, and all costs should be confirmed before any work is conducted in your home.

What Homeowners Say About Us

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  • “Professional, friendly and efficient. He diagnosed the issue within seconds and had it fixed within minutes. He gave our system a thorough checkover after completion and had lots of useful advice for cheap maintenance and care.” - David C.
  • “We have been dealing with them for years and always have a good experience. I highly recommend Francis.” - Laura P.
  • “I own a home that was built in the 1960s and this team was able to find a solution for every problem that came up.” - J.W.
  • “The technician worked extremely hard to troubleshoot the issue in our extremely warm house. He utilized another team member via video call to assist him with the technology.” - Marshall M.
  • “A team that works well together, pleasure to have them in our home. This is the second big job done by Francis Fuels here, not one complaint. Good products, great reliable service and to top it off, friendly, kind and respectful.” - Catherine L.
  • “Service has always been top-notch for the many years we have been with them. Highly recommended for both service and installation of equipment and add-ons.” - Arthur W.

    The Francis Home Environment Difference

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