Extend the life of your dryer and the safety of your home by implementing simple tips. Everyone is familiar with the lint filter in the dryer but not everyone knows to clean out the lint filter after every time you are using the dryer. This is very important in order to keep your home safe and your dryer running efficiently. Making sure the lint filter is clean will help your clothes dry faster and save you money on those utility bills. It is also important to know that if you use dryer sheets there may be a buildup on your lint screen and this must be washed off to clear all of the residue that dryer sheets leave behind. Get yourself a dryer lint brush to reach down underneath and clean when you remove the lint screen. There is sure to be trapped dust, lint, and debris in there.
Not everyone thinks of cleaning the exhaust vent or even checking the vent cap outside. We always recommend that your exhaust vent for the dryer be cleaned every year. Periodic checking of the outside vent cap should be done to make sure that the air is flowing freely and there is no buildup around the vent.
Depending on the fabrics that you wash and dry together, you may be able to get away with not having to use dryer sheets and this will eliminate any residue buildup in your dryer. If you must use dryer sheets, just make sure to periodically wipe the inside of the dryer with a microfiber cloth and a small amount of rubbing alcohol to clean off the residue.
A few other helpful tips that we recommend are to make sure the area around the dryer is vacuumed and clean and also make sure the balance of your dryer is level so that all components can run as smoothly as they are supposed to. You can make sure your dryer is balanced by adjusting the feet on the bottom and making sure it does not move or shake when tumbling.
By implementing the above tips into the maintenance of your dryer, you will be able to extend the life of your dryer and prevent parts from failing early while also promoting fire safety in your home. All of your home appliances need regular maintenance, so please look through the blogs that we have already posted about appliance maintenance and keep following us for future posts to help maintain the life of all of the appliances in your home.
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