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Do I really need to clean out my dryer's lint filter after every load?

Yes. Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after every single load. If you have some stubborn lint that won't budge, there's a special brush you can get to help. The brush is also great to clean out the filter's chute, or you can use the skinny tool attachment on your vacuum as well.

Once a year, you should also clean out the inside of your dryer's venting system (that big tube going from your dryer to the outside). Clogged venting from your dryer could cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.

RepairClinic.com recommends monitoring the lint build-up and other blockage in your dryer with a Dryer Airflow Checker. It alerts you when there's airflow restriction in your venting – which if left could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.