What does DrySafer do?
DrySafer is an early warning detection device that alerts you to a clogged or obstructed dryer vent. It detects poor airflow and triggers an alarm that is easily mounted to the back of your dryer or on the laundry room wall behind the dryer.
Does Drysafer detect a clog inside the lint filter housing of the dryer itself?
Yes, Drysafer will monitor the entire airflow system of your dryer, starting from the lint filter housing, located inside of the dryer, all the way through to the outside vent hood. Monitoring just the exhaust pipe to the outside is only doing half the job; lint first begins to build up inside the dryer’s lint filter housing, then continues out into the exhaust pipe. Our device will detect a clog in both the lint filter housing and the exhaust pipe/ or a combination of both.
Can anyone install DrySafer?
Yes, the installation has been designed to be quick and easy. Just attach DrySafer to the back of your dryer, plug it in and hang the alarm box on the wall with a screw. See our installation page.
Does DrySafer need to be plugged into an electrical outlet?
Yes, it uses an UL listed A/C power supply plug (included).
Can I plug DrySafer into an outlet using a power strip or an A/C outlet multiple adapter?
Yes, Drysafer fits into any A/C outlet that uses 110 volts A/C and fits into any standard adapters.
Where does DrySafer get installed and how much space does DrySafer take up behind my dryer?
DrySafer is to be installed onto the exhaust pipe of your clothes dryer and it takes up approximately 2 inches of additional space behind the clothes dryer. The alarm portion hangs on the wall close to the dryer.
Does Drysafer fit on all dryers?
Yes, but some installations require you to install the airflow sensor in different locations. See our optional install.
The airflow sensor does not fit tight enough on my dryer’s exhaust flange, is there a minor adjustment that can be made?
Yes, with a pair of pliers, simply bend out the dryers exhaust’s flange to increase the diameter for a tighter fit. See our installation page.
How do I test the alarm to see if it is working?
Simple, just press and hold the test/ reset button for 5 seconds and the alarm will sound. See our installation page.
If I do not have enough space behind my dryer, is there another installation method?
Yes, included in your instruction manual, there is an alternate installation method. It can be installed anywhere between the back of the dryer and the outside vent hood. This may require some additional products to be purchased. Careful consideration should be given to the placement of the alarm so that its signal can be heard. See our installation page / optional install.
At what point will the alarm indicate a clog?
Every situation is different; it depends on the length of the venting system, the material used and the condition of the venting system. Overall, as the lint accumulates inside the venting system it reduces the airflow and creates back pressure. Once the back pressure builds to an unsafe level, the forward airflow is restricted, and our alarm will sound. Our device will alert you before your vent is fully clogged.
If the Flap inside Drysafer fails to open or close, will I be alerted?
Yes, Drysafer is designed to alert you if the flap gets stuck in an open or closed position. The self diagnostics procedures built into Drysafer's electronics constantly monitor the location flap.
Does the dryer need to be running in order for the self diagnostics to work
No, as long as you have power at the outlet and Drysafer is powered up, the diagnostics will continuously monitor the position of the flap even with the dryer off.
Must I have my dryer vent cleaned prior to installation of this product?
It’s not required but it’s recommended. Having your dryer vent inspected and cleaned can only insure greater safety and efficiency of your clothes dryer. Vinyl and plastic venting should be replaced with rigid or flexible aluminum venting to permit proper operation and safety.
How often should I have my dryer vent cleaned?
We suggest that you call a professional every 2 years to inspect and clean your dryer vent for optimal efficiency and safety.
Will DrySafer extinguish or alert me to a fire?
No, this product will only alert you to a hazardous condition in your dryer vents air flow. It is an early warning detection system for a hazardous dryer vent condition. It does not alert you to, or extinguish a fire. It alerts you to a problem with your dryer air flow before it becomes dangerous enough to start a fire
What is my vent clogged with?
Excess lint from clothes and animal nesting in dryer vents are the most common causes. Broken vent hoods and broken vent pipes can also be a cause. We suggest that you have a professional inspect your system to insure optimal efficiency and safety.
Can DrySafer save me money?
Yes, clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances to operate in your home. When your dryer vent is obstructed, it can take 2-3 times as long to dry the same load of clothes. This product alerts you to the dryer vent condition so that you can have it cleaned and restore the efficiency and safety of the dryer.
Does DrySafer work on both electric and gas dryers?
Yes, it works on all clothes dryers and has a universal fit for easy installation
Does DrySafer work on stackable combination washer/ dryer units?
Yes, it has a universal fitting for all dryers
Will DrySafer get clogged with lint?
Unlikely, but like any portion of you dryer exhaust duct, proper maintenance is recommended
Will I void my clothes dryer warranty by installing this product?
No, our product does not affect the operation of the clothes dryer; it only alerts you to a hazardous condition in your dryer vent line.
Can I test Drysafer to see if it is working properly?
Yes, press and hold the test button for 5 seconds and the alarm will sound 10 beeps, then press again to reset.
Will DrySafer be affected by the clothes dryers’ heat?
No, it is made of Aluminum and high heat resistant polycarbonate and is designed exclusively for clothes dryers.
Is there a warranty on DrySafer?
Yes, a one year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
If I had my dryer vent cleaned and DrySafer is still signaling an alarm, what could be the problem?
Your clothes dryer itself may have a clog, the venting was not cleaned properly or the venting hose could be kinked behind the dryer. We always recommend you call a professional to inspect and clean the venting.
Can DrySafer save me on costly repairs to my clothes dryer?
Yes, most repairs to clothes dryers are caused by excessive heat buildup inside the dryer.
Is there a maximum length for the dryer vent to insure the proper operation of DrySafer Dryer Vent Alarm?
DrySafer has been tested with dryer vents up to 35 feet in length. Always follow your dryer manufacturer’s specifications for any specific requirements.