Preventing Dryer Fires – Dryer Vent Maintenance Done Right

Dryers are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Nearly 16,000 dryer related fires were reported between 2002-2014, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Closer to home in the past year, dryer fires have been reported in Bloomfield in early April, on Division Avenue in Fairfield, Laurel Court in Bridgeport, Wells Street in Bridgeport, Carl Drive in Coventry, McGrath Court in Stratford, Seramonte Estates in Hamden, Cambria Suites Hotel in South Windsor, and at a laundromat on North Street in Bridgeport.

Lint is highly flammable, and all dryers have either a heating element for electric dryers, or a flame for gas dryers. Lint clogs and other issues (such as birds nesting in vent lines – a common problem in spring) can lead to fires, and gas dryers pose the additional risk of carbon monoxide backing up into your home.

Condos and apartment complexes are increasingly requiring tenants to have their dryer vents serviced. But for many homeowners, dryer vents still don’t make it on the home maintenance radar. Customers usually call us when their clothes aren’t drying in one load, there is a burning or moldy smell on the laundry room, an air flow warning light comes on the dryer, or the unit shuts off automatically due to overheating. It’s much better to get ahead of these problems with regular, preventative maintenance.

Our mission at Dryer Vent Wizard is to prevent home fires by ensuring that your dryer vent line is fully cleaned and properly installed. A well-functioning dryer vent provides other tangible benefits: your clothes will dry faster (saving time, energy, and money), reduce damage to your fabrics, and extend the life of your dryer.

To accomplish this, we must do more than “clean dryer vents.” Certainly, vent lines clogged with lint are a key problem. But you can’t clean a vent line that is made of the wrong material without destroying it. And many of the homes we visit have vent lines that through time, neglect, or poor installations are in various states of disrepair, often using faulty (in many cases flammable) materials, leading to dangerous situations. That’s why we are a full-service dryer vent business, prepared not only to professionally clean dryer vents, but to repair and upgrade components, replace, or re-route existing vent systems, and even install new vent lines.

Our trained technicians inspect your entire dryer vent system. This includes performing air flow tests, inspecting the dryer for lint buildup, the flexible hose on the back of your dryer, the main vent line, and the vent cover on the exterior of your home. We work to ensure that your system meets building codes, is in good repair and is optimally efficient. Our technicians discuss the results of their inspection with you and provide their recommendation before doing any work. We (almost always) do the work in the same appointment because we limit the number of appointments a technician can do in one day, allowing time for needed repairs.

Our friendly and knowledgeable techs are committed to providing a great experience for each customer, sharing their knowledge, doing the highest quality work, and leaving your home as clean as they found it.

Additionally, all our work is protected by our 90-Day Done Right Promise.

We are a local, small business serving Fairfield, Westport, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, Easton, Ridgefield, Redding. I am a 25-year resident of Fairfield where my wife, Jess and I raised our three boys.

If it’s been a year or more since you had your dryer vent cleaned or inspected, or if you are experiencing any of these warning signs, please give us a call:

  • Long drying times
  • Lint build-up behind your dryer or in the door seal
  • Overheat shut-off, or indicator warning light
  • No lint on your lint screen
  • Unusually hot dryer and clothes
  • Moldy smell
  • Lint build-up on your exterior vent cover


  • $25 off any cleaning, installation, or repair through May 31st!
  • 10% off for seniors and veterans.

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