Everyone knows that they should clean the lint filter on their dryer, but were you aware that there are other types of maintenance you should be doing? Following the proper dryer maintenance will help your dryer run efficiently and safely, plus extend its lifespan. On average, dryers last for about 10 to 13 years.
If you ignore regular dryer maintenance, you put this appliance at risk for a fire hazard, as well as premature breakdowns and dryer repairs. Below are some of our best tips for dryer preventive care that you’ll want to follow.
Clean the Lint Filter
Cleaning the lint filter is one of the easiest things you can do for your dryer – and it’s essential. You should clean it before and after every load so that lint doesn’t build up. You can even take things a step further by washing the lint screen in the washing machine or dishwasher every few months. This will remove any lingering residue.
Clean the Exhaust Vent
Every two years or so, clean the exhaust vent. This is the most important thing you can do to prevent fires, so you don’t want to skip it. To clean the exhaust vent, remove the dryer vent from the back of the dryer and clear out any lint buildup. You can also use this time to clean behind the dryer – and find lost socks!
Check the Vent Cap Outside
Every so often, check the outside vent cap and clear out any debris from around the vent. Because the vent is outdoors, it’s not uncommon for it to get dirty with debris from the weather or lawn care – grass clippings, leaves, dirt, etc. By cleaning it out, you allow air to flow freely, improving efficiency.
Avoid Overloading the Dryer
It’s tempting to overload a dryer so that all of your clothes get dry at the same time, but this can actually be harder on your appliance. Oversized loads force your dryer to work harder and use up more energy. And if your clothes don’t dry completely, they end up smelling musty. For the sake of your washer and dryer, plan for smaller loads.
Clean the Interior and Exterior
Another part of dryer preventive care is cleaning the inside and outside of the unit. Once a month, unplug your dryer and clean the drum with a microfiber towel and rubbing alcohol. You may also use a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. This will keep the interior clean and remove any leftover dryer sheet residue. You can do the same for the outside.
Handle Repairs Immediately
Dryer repairs are often easy to address, so don’t delay if you notice that your dryer isn’t working as it should. Common issues include strange noises, the clothes not drying or the dryer not heating up. Addressing these issues early on will save you money and allow you to preserve your appliance.
Pacific Appliance Repair Service is here for you when you need us! Our technicians are friendly and knowledgeable, and they can also give you tips for preserving the lifespan of your washer and dryer. Contact us today to request service for your dryer.