Clothes Dryer Maintenance
Clothes dryers produce and collect lint, and lots of it. Every dryer has a lint trap which should always be cleaned after drying every load of clothes. In theory, this will eliminate all the lint. In reality, it won't. Some lint will pass through the filter and collect in the dryer below the lint trap. Lint will also collect inside the vent hose and inside the wall duct. Without regular inspections, no one will see this lint buildup occurring, and few will realize the fire hazard this represents.
Correct dryer maintenance requires cleaning lint from under the trap every three or four months. Once a year, the entire vent system should receive a thorough cleaning, from the dryer to the wall. In addition, you may need a chimney service to clean out the exhaust flue in your wall, especially in cases where the dryer exhaust flue doesn't pass straight through the wall to the vent cover on the exterior of your house.
It's important to inspect your dryer's vent hose on a regular basis. This lightweight metal hose connects the hot air exhaust from your dryer to the vent duct in the wall. The space between the wall and your dryer must be deep enough to allow sufficient room for this hose, because these large diameter hoses are made from very thin metal, and are easily crushed. If your dryer is moved too close to the wall, it can easily crush and kink the vent hose. This will create internal restrictions, reducing hot air flow, and raising the internal temperature of the hose. Lint will rapidly collect on internal bends and edges in a crushed hose, which will restrict airflow even more. Lint can be very flammable, so in a worst case, a crushed vent hose can cause a house fire. Besides creating a fire hazard, a crushed vent hose will cause excessively high drying temperatures, increase drying times, and place excessive loads on all of your dryer's operating components. In turn, this will shorten the life of your dryer's heating element, drive motor, and its electronic controls. Because a crushed vent hose will cause your dryer to operate less efficiently, your dryer will consume excessive amounts of electrical energy. However, all of these problems can be resolved with regular professional inspections, careful maintenance, and a new vent hose is often required.
If your clothes dryer has not received recent service, and you would like to schedule professional inspection and maintenance, please call or or use this convenient form to schedule professional inspection and maintenance for all your household appliances.
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