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We empty the lint trap with every load, but I've never emptied the vent hose. Ummm, how do I even do that? :
Every time, with a garbage can right there.
If the risk of fire doesn't motivate you, then how about this... a dryer with a full lint trap will take longer to dry a load of clothes than one with an empty trap (thereby wasting energy and money). I know that my (new) dryer started taking longer and longer to dry the clothes, and I couldn't figure it out... finally realized that we hadn't replaced the vent hose when we replaced the dryer, and it was full of lint (major fire hazard).
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with a screwdriver because there is usually a gasket (a metal ring thing) that holds the hose onto your dryer.
I cleaned mine out after 8 years and there was only a tiny handful there. Maybe that's because I clean the lint trap on top of my dryer everytime?
I did read about an apt fire in Philly and they had a laundromat on premises. Apparently they hadn't cleaned out the lint in 26 years!?!
You can buy special brushes to clean out the hose. In my house the dryer vents to the outside through one wall so our hose is rather short and it's very easy to clean.
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