Exactly the same. Our outside vent is right on the other side of the wall from the dryer. No "run" to speak of. We clean it every spring and fall, and of course, clean the dryer vent inside the dryer after every load.My hose is a straight shot to the outside, so it only ever clogs at the exit points in the flaps. Hit that 2-3 times a year. The lint trap is about an every other week cleaning.
We do the same thing, but we also have this long brush thing that attaches to a drill that we use as well to make sure we loosen up all the lint before we blow it out.The easiest way to clean it out yourself is to take the flaps off the outside and blow it out with a leaf blower from the inside. Works like a champ.
Thanks! I didn't even know about this. But I just asked DH and he said that he used to do it once a year, while I was out of town. But if anything ever happened to him, I wouldn't have known it needed to be done. And our dryer's about 15 years old.I clean the vent insert every other load but I've never vacuumed the inside.