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Dryer Vent Cleaning


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#1 Ritz

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:32 PM

I know this a very divided topic here on the forum. I'd like to know the opinion of the professionals who do dryer vent cleaning as a way to add a profit center to their business. Who uses the basic lint eater sold at repairclinic and who uses more high end equipment - compressors, vacuums etc? I'm trying to get a feel if this can be a legitimate profit center. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:56 PM

I have done a few vents with a Lint Eater and extra lines added. It works fine for its intended use.

 

 The Lint Eater has its limits on long vents with 90* turns or multable vent elbow turns ( Dr. Seuss style dryer vents).In that case  you would have to dissasemble the vent to clean it.

 

I use lint eater as a suppliment , after I see the vent run. I would not want to be a one stop vent cleaner with just a Lint Eater.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:31 PM

I'm not an expert, but I would think there are some Vent systems that I would not touch..

enclosed, hidden, attic, etc .. can't be sure of what material

(fire liability, ect).. house burns down because of Dryer Vent fire .. "But it was just cleaned by ...

May be better left to the "professional" vent cleaners.

But if it's just a simple 6 foot up & out, maybe don't charge $$

usually, you're right there anyhow ..


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

Thanks for the input. Any rod system dosent seen to effieient and time consuming. I'm sure they do a good good when you take your time and under the right circumstances. Ive seen this gizmo in action. Takes very little time and probably not too destructive to various types of vent runs.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:52 AM

 Lint eater is the best system.I have went behind others that have used blowers.Lint eater cleans all sides of the vent.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

I personally don't do dryer vent cleaning but know other Appliantologists who do as a part of their service bidness.  The LintEater system is pretty universally recognized as being a good one for the money.  

 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:40 PM

If I cannot physically see the vent material and the vent hood on the outside of the house, I won't touch it. I refer all my customers to http://www.dryerventwizard.com/.  I let him get up on the ladders, get in between walls and get into the places where I cannot see the vent  ducting myself.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

Thanks for all the replies and advice. I agree the lint eater would be a good supplement.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:54 AM

I do vent cleaning on any accessible and visible vent. For hidden vents I refer the customer to a local duct cleaning service. I use a combination of a small shop vac, which is kept on the van, and a flexible 8 foot brush designed for dryer vents. For complex vents i takebthem apart. I keep a notation in the customers file and send them a yearly reminder to clean the vent and dyer. About 75% of the reminders I send out get me a call to do the cleaning at a nice profit, especially on the harder to reach vents (crawl spaces, attics, drop ceilings). Simple job in most cases (respirator and hearing protection for the vacuum in a confined space) and the customer is pleased and often once I'm at the house for that I get another job they were putting off. Also serves as a reminder for the customer of who to call and why in area with a lot of service companies.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:36 AM

I use the linteater system and work it from the vent hood while the dryer is running. Does a GREAT job vs a using a vacuum. I should probably use a respirator though... 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:43 AM

Acfixerdude, do you have one of the lint catcher bags with the drawstring to hold it around the vent hood and has a zipper opening on the side to run the brush head and rods thru?

 

I do it the same way you described but have the bag and it really helps in keeping the lint dust and mess down.

 

I know what you mean about, "should probably use a respirator", I don't use one either and think every time I do this the same thing.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:07 PM

I did buy one and the draw string on it broke before I could even use it. I might have to try another one next time.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:20 AM

With as much lint and dust that comes out using the catch bag, I couldn't even imagine doing it without the catch bag.

 

If you're not using the catch bag you really probably should have at least one of those white paper painter mask and probably some eye protection also, (my glasses are covered with a layer of dust even using the catch bag).


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:30 PM

I think the cheap old Lint Eater brush is the best thing ever for cleaning vents out.

If I work on someone's dryer I'll usually brush the vent out when I'm done as part of the service. If I have to get ladders out and climb on the roof I'll charge what its worth to do it but if I can just walk outside and brush out 8 feet of vent in 2 minutes I'll do it just because  it makes the dryer work so much better.

Lets say you have a dryer call for the unit not starting due to a failed door switch. You could replace the door switch and then everything works like it did before once you're done. The customer is happy their dryer works again.

But now if you replace the door switch AND clean the vent out,  not only does the dryer work again, but it works better then it ever did before. Now you have a customer that is happy the dryer works again  and a really really happy customer it works better then it did before all for a 2 minute investment on my part in brushing the vent out. Those really really happy customers are the ones that tell their neighbors and give good reviews on Yelp and Angies List.

 

Thats the way I look at it.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:02 AM

Is just better to refer them to vent cleaning specialist

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 09:35 AM

I use the lint eater and work from inside the home and outside if it's not on the roof.  I sometimes will have to go on the roof to clean out a screen that is clogged.  I don't know about other areas, but around here the vent cleaning guys won't go up on the roof.   I had a customer that had a vent cleaner out and the dryer still didn't work right, they called me out and were surprised by how much more lint I removed plus the thick piece removed from the roof screen. 



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 07:45 AM

I resisted cleaning dryer vents for a couple of years.  About a year ago, my current boss put a Lint Eater on my van and told me that it was now part of my business line, and my income absolutely has increased. Rental houses and older houses WILL have airflow problems, so I have a lot of opportunity and also FEWER CALLBACKS. 

 

1) Do get a mask. Spend a little extra and get something comfortable.

 

2) I don't get on roofs. If the exterior vent is to a roof, I refer out. 

 

3) Any actual venting problems, like directly venting into the attic, I refer to an HVAC person. 

 

If you measure the cost of the Lint Eater and the mask versus how much billing you'll add on, you're talking a crazy return on investment. 






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