If you want your clothes dryer to last for years–and thereby get the most out of your investment in your home appliances–you’ll want to perform routine maintenance that will ensure its longevity. So what can you do to keep your dryer running just as well as it did on the day you bought it?
Clean the Lint Screen Before Each Cycle
You should clean the entire lint screen after each cycle. Cleaning the screen not only helps clothes dryers run more efficiently, but also they are important fire prevention measures. Clothes dryers cause approximately 2,900 fires per year in the United States, resulting in an estimated $35 million in property loss, according to FEMA. Keeping your dryer’s lint screen clean is not only necessary for your dryer’s continued use, therefore, but it is essential for the safety of your home and your family.
Check the Venting System Behind the Clothes Dryer Seasonally
Each season it is important to pull the clothes dryer away from the wall to ensure that excess lint has not accumulated in the rear vent. In the same way that cholesterol clogs arteries preventing the flow of blood, so too can accumulated lint prevent the passage of air from your dryer. A clogged vent can result in fire and, more likely, reduced performance of your appliance.
Run Full Cycles, but Not Too Full
To save energy costs, it is beneficial to run full loads of laundry through your laundry appliances. Doing so prevents running unnecessary additional loads. However, filling either your washing machine or clothes dryer too full can cause a great deal of stress on the machines. Over-full loads reduce an appliance’s life span and increases your repair and replacement costs.
By keeping your lint screen and venting areas free from lint and debris, you can protect both your home and your appliances. Running full cycles of clothes according to both your clothes dryer’s manual and your clothes’ washing instructions, can greatly improve the lifespan of your appliances.
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