Maintenance tips for your dryer
The clothes dryer is among the most beloved home appliances for the way it has simplified and shortened the laundry process. Dryer maintenance is extremely important because dryers and lint build-up are a lethal combination. Dryer lint buildup causes thousands of residential fires across the U.S. and Canada every year.
1Replace white vinyl dryer vent tubing with aluminum tubing.
Flexible white vinyl tubing is highly restrictive and does not meet U.S. federal fire safety standards.
2Remove lint from the lint filter (a.k.a. lint trap or lint screen) after every cycle.
3Clear the dryer venting tube.
Your dryer’s entire venting system should be cleaned out from the inside of the dryer to the outside vent cap at least once per year. Professionals can be hired for this job but it’s usually a simple do-it-yourself job. Our bestselling 20-foot cleaning brush
enables you to easily remove lint buildup from within the entire tube from the back of the dryer to the outside of your home.
4Check the area around the dryer’s vent cap outside.
Remove restrictions such as snow or leaves and clear shrubbery to enable proper air flow.
5Clean the dryer’s interior.
Even if you’re good about removing lint from the filter after every load, it’s common for lint to build up within the dryer, too. Once per year, disassemble the dryer and use a vacuum and a long vacuum hose attachment
to clean out the lint.
6Pay attention to drying time.
If it’s taking longer for clothes to dry, it’s likely that lint is clogging the venting system and a thorough cleanout should happen a.s.a.p.
Consider Lint Alert
. It monitors for lint build-up and other blockage – alerting you if there is an air flow restriction in your dryer vent that could lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.