Dryer Maintenance Tips

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This free troubleshooting video shows quick maintenance tips including cleaning the lint filter, lint screen housing, venting and inside the cabinet for keeping your dryer working safely and efficiently.

Vent

Interior of dryer cabinet

The lint produced by clothes tumbling in a dryer is normally trapped by the lint filter. However, some lint invariably escapes and accumulates on the inside of the dryer cabinet. At least once a year, check the inside of the cabinet, and clean it if necessary. Do this more frequently if the dryer is used heavily.

Lint filter

Area under lint filter

You can also clean the chute, duct, or area that the lint filter fits into. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner to reach into the duct and clean out any lint. Note... If the lint build-up is severe, it's important to disassemble the dryer and clean out the lint more thoroughly.

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1Maintenance tips for your dryer
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.
2Replace white vinyl dryer vent tubing with aluminum tubing.
Replace 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.
3Remove lint from the lint filter (a.k.a. lint trap or lint screen) after every cycle.
Remove lint from the lint filter (a.k.a. lint trap or lint screen) after every cycle.
Yes, every cycle. It’s that important. Also, once per season, use a long-handle brush or vacuum attachment to remove lint from the filter’s chute, too.
4Clear the dryer venting tube.
Clear 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.
5Check the area around the dryer’s vent cap outside.
Check the area around the dryer’s vent cap outside.
Remove restrictions such as snow or leaves and clear shrubbery to enable proper air flow.
6Clean the dryer’s interior.
Clean 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.
7Pay attention to drying time.
Pay 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.

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