Dryer Maintenance Tips
- Clean Lint Screen Before Every Use:
Scrap all of the lint from the lint screen before you start a load. Taking the extra 15 seconds to remove any lint loitering will ensure that your dryer has the best chance at operating as it should.
It’s crucial that you never allow lint to build up on the lint screen.
Even if there’s just a little bit of lint on the screen, it’s still important to get it off. That extra lint on the screen means that your dryer is going to need to work harder to get your clothes dry, it will start to affect the overall function and efficiency of your dryer.
- Avoid Putting Soiled Clothes in Dryer:
Only put freshly washed clothes in the dryer. Avoid putting anything that hasn’t been washed thoroughly.
Avoid getting any dirt or other unnecessary materials inside the dryer. Dirty materials could clog the dryer or even cause parts of it to corrode.
- Wipe down the outside of the dryer regularly
Give your dryer a thorough wipe-down at least once a month.
- Vent Cleaning
You should clean the exhaust vent or duct at least two times every year. Obstructions in the vent that are not taken care of will reduce the flow of air to the dryer, leading to an increase in drying times and extra energy use. If your dryer needs to work extra hard for longer periods of time due to a vent obstruction, it is likely to malfunction. However, with proper vent cleaning and care, your dryer could last a long time.