After accidentally kicking the front access panel off the dryer, I noticed that it’s time to clean out all the lint buildup. While I’m at it I figured I should probably clean the vent, too — in searching for an easy method to do this I found Harbor Freight’s vent cleaning brush.
Besides reducing the fire hazard, cleaning your vent supposedly improves the efficiency of your dryer — who wouldn’t want that? The brush’s nylon bristles are mounted on a 10ft flexible steel shaft. The idea is you run the brush through a length of vent pipe, either by hand or chucked into your drill. This loosens the lint stuck to the sides of the pipe. Then you either blow the lint out the pipe or suck it out with a shop vac.
Is there any reason to splurge for more than the $3 Harbor Freight version, or is even that too much to pay because these type of brushes don’t really do much? Is this tool hot or not? Let us know in the comments.
Vent Brush [Harbor Freight]