Keeping an eye on the efficiency of your clothes dryer is a must! Ignoring any maintenance could pose a serious fire hazard. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,500 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases which creates the fire hazard.
Your clothes dryer may need some extra attention if your dryer runs for longer than necessary, if your clothes are still wet or damp after one cycle, or if the machine moves or shakes while it operates. Follow these easy steps to help add time to your dryer’s life and possibly save you from a fire.
- Clean the lint screen before or after every load.
- Keep the lint trap clear by removing the lint screen and cleaning its housing cavity with a dryer lint brush. You may also use the crevice attachment on your vacuum.
- Vacuum behind and underneath the dryer every three months to help avoid moisture, dirt and lint build up.
- Make sure your dryer is balanced. If your dryer moves or shakes when in use, it is not level which can cause the rotating components to wear out sooner. Simply adjust the feet at the bottom of the unit to fix this.
- Ensure that your dryer vent is short and straight vs. long and full of bends.
- Check that there is adequate clearance space between your dryer and wall. If your dryer is too close to the wall, there is a chance you are crushing the venting material which can restrict airflow.