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Publishes "Fast Facts - Clothes Dryers"
Why do manufacturers tell you to clean the lint screen?
Why is it so important?
CANTON, Mich. - October 30, 2006 - The chilly fall and
winter seasons place extra demands on clothes dryers because a
wider variety of bulky clothing needs to be dried, and line-drying
is rarely possible. Chris Hall, president of RepairClinic.com®,
has some essential advice for consumers.
build-up means the dryer has to work harder, and can also pose
a dangerous fire risk," says Hall, whose company, RepairClinic.com,
provides consumers with the information and parts they need to
fix their appliances. "Dryers are really quite simple appliances
and most consumers can comfortably conduct routine maintenance
that will reduce their energy bills and prevent dryer fires."
Why lint matters
Dryers depend on heat and good airflow to remove moisture from
clothes. When lint accumulates in the exhaust duct or the dryer's
internal ducts, the dryer cannot dry clothes efficiently. A dryer
that runs twice as long uses twice as much energy
Longer cycle times can shorten the life of the dryer by causing
unnecessary wear and tear on the dryer's mechanics.
Worse, clothes that tumble twice as long suffer unnecessary
wear and tear.
Finally, who wants to wait longer for the dryer? An inefficient
dryer means the already unpleasant task of doing laundry will
take much longer.
lint and fire risks
Lint build-up in the exhaust duct can catch fire. Many house fires
are caused this way.
Additionally, if the exhaust duct is clogged, lint tends to
bypass the duct and end up inside the dryer cabinet, creating
another, more serious, fire hazard.
Gas dryers with a clogged vent can allow dangerous carbon monoxide
into the house.
easy lint-busting maintenance regimen
Clean the lint filter after each load. From time to time, use
a soft bristle brush and hot, soapy water. If the filter is torn
or remains plugged even after cleaning, replace it.
Clean the dryer exhaust duct at least once a year (more often
if you dry more than six loads of laundry each week, or if your
dryer's duct is longer than 8-10 feet, or has more than three
or four 90-degree bends). Begin at the dryer and clean all the
way to the outside vent cap. Tip: straight-walled venting allows
better air flow than flexible venting, so for longer runs, straight-walled
venting is recommended.
Use a specially designed and inexpensive vent brush to clean
ducting. It's available in 10- and 20- foot lengths, starting
at around $20. Click
Many more tips and expert repair advice available online
tips, maintenance instructions, parts and cleaning supplies for
these projects and more can all be found at RepairClinic.com.
Consumers can ask the RepairGuru, RepairClinic's online help wizard,
for assistance with most every major appliance repair question.
RepairClinic.com was founded in 1999 with the idea that armed with the right advice,
tools and parts, savvy consumers can extend the life of their appliances,
save money, and conserve the environment. Consumers can visit www.RepairClinic.com
for free appliance
repair help, or call a customer service representative
at 1(800) 269-2609 for help locating specific parts.