Here’s a quick tutorial on caring for your dryer from my favorite appliance repairman (jot down this number) Mark Wiseman Appliance Service, 206-948-1060.
We needed a dryer repair the other day (at a rental), so while he was there I quizzed him with “If you could pass along tips to your customers, what would they be?” and, ta da!, here is what Mark wants you to know:
- Clean your lint filter every load!
- Once a year go outside and make sure the exterior vent flap moves freely. Remove any built up lint. If you have a “grate/guard” over your exterior vent and it is full of lint, remove it and don’t put it back! These are notorious for collecting lint and blocking airflow which leads to repair calls to Mark…
- Dryer repairs and fires are primarily caused by poor venting. A good vent solution is a metal vent, flexible or straight, a short run to the exterior, and an exterior vent with a flap but no grate. A poor vent example might be a plastic vent, with low spots or kinks, or a long run to the exterior, and an exterior vent with a soon-to-be-clogged bird/animal guard.
Seems straightforward, right? So with these tips in mind I came home and examined my dryer. We’re pretty type A when it comes to cleaning our lint filter every load, but I happened to reach a little further into the dryer I discovered this –
Surprise! (See, I told you this was Fun) I removed two easily accessible screws for the screen, used an old dowel and toothbrush to clean the lint out, and the vacuum for the residual. Now I’m curious about the vent, which will require a little work to access, and if it’s not metal I think I’ll replace it.
Here are a few more tips –
Mark says if your dryer is taking more than an hour to dry a large-ish load of whites then it’s time to do some maintenance.
Newly constructed homes tend to have the dryers centrally located, which can mean long vent runs. If this is you, then be more careful, your vents are more prone to lint collection.
If you would like to have your vents professionally cleaned he recommends Dryer Vent Solutions. (*If you need it, not everyone does)
Want a little more info? This is a good article with video.
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