According to the National Fire Protection Agency, more than 15,000 clothes dryer fires took place in the U.S. in 2010.
These tips will not just boost your dryer’s effectiveness, but likewise, avoid your dryer breaking down. Here are our expert suggestions for preserving clothes dryer filters, drums and vents.
Let’s deal with the most convenient chore first. We all know that dryer filters need to be cleaned after each usage. However, your filter may still be clogged if you utilize fabric softener sheets in the clothes dryer.
After removing the lint from the vent, also inspect the area behind the clothes dryer the flooring, under the dryer and the back of the cabinet. Why? The air being pulled into the dryer originates from behind the dryer. If there’s lint around there, it will be drawn into the dryer, causing further accumulation in the vent.
Yikes! Make sure to do a thorough check behind the dryer at least once a week to make sure nothing is trapped back there.
The clothes dryer drum usually does not require cleaning unless you’re drying a load of hairy family pet items or gritty play clothes.
After the load is dry, wipe down the drum with a damp cloth to remove hair and grit. If lipstick, gum, crayon, etc. inadvertently find its way into your clothes dryer, it’s OKAY to yell. After you calm down, nevertheless, you can clean the mess up fairly easily.
First, toss in a damp towel and run it through a short cycle. This should clean off some of the mess and then you just have to wash the towel again.
Eliminate the excess mess by scraping it off with a hard rubber spatula. Deal with the remaining residue by cleaning the location with a fabric moistened with a little amount of laundry detergent and warm water. Utilize a dry cloth to eliminate any excess water or suds.
Now it’s time to highlight the big guns. Clothes dryer exhaust vents must be inspected and cleaned up at least once a year depending on the size of the household and clothes dryer usage.
If you have a lot of people in your household and use the machine a lot you should check it more like twice or three times a year.
A plugged clothes dryer vent can stress out the heating component. An indicator that the dryer vent needs cleaning is clothes taking longer and longer to dry. When it takes 2-3 cycles to dry a load of towels, it’s time to check the dryer exhaust.
Disconnect the clothes dryer and examine the vent. Visually examine the outside vent opening and get rid of any obstructions normally these are animal nests. Vents at ground level are ideal for rodent nests (chipmunks, squirrels, and rats). Upper-level vents are more appealing to birds.
If there is no obvious blockage it’s time to call in the professionals. Gulf Coast Appliance Repair will be happy to assist and let you know what’s going on with your machine.
It’s hard to picture life without a few of the major home appliances we tend to take for granted, like HVAC systems and fridges. Who can even imagine going back to hanging their clothes on a line in the backyard again?
Modern conveniences like having a load of clothes dry and ready for folding in an hour is a benefit of modern life. By taking care of your dryer it will continue to take care of you for years to come.
If something goes wrong, however, take solace that Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is here to fix the problem. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.