Clothes Dryer Care and Maintenance

The keys to safe and effective clothes dryer performance is proper maintenance and use. Most of the time, we see a frequent need for dryer repair from improper use. Some of the most common issues are not using or cleaning the dryer filter.

To help you get the most out of your dryer, we’ve put together some tips for using and caring for your dryer.

A Word of Caution:

Because every dryer is different it’s important to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for guidelines specific to your dryer. Be sure to bookmark and review these clothes dryer maintenance tips once a year.

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Clothes Dryer Maintenance = Clothes Dryer Happiness

Proper Dryer Installation

  • Use rigid or semi-rigid sheet metal venting material (never plastic) to avoid longer drying times and potential safety hazards.
  • Use the shortest, straightest vent length possible and make sure you vent to the outside of your house.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer and replace any pieces that are damaged or crushed. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the dryer and vent system.

Proper Use and Care

  • Clean the lint filter after each load.
  • Keep the area around and on top of the dryer clean and free of clutter.
  • Have a qualified service technician clean the interior of the appliance and venting system once a year.
  • Any item that has ever had any type of oil or other flammable liquid on it should never be put in the dryer. This includes cooking oil, alcohol, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc. No washer can completely remove these liquids, and they can ignite or explode in your dryer.
  • Items made of foam, rubber, plastic, or other heat-sensitive fabrics (such as bathroom rugs or non-slip mats) must be line-dried or dried in an air-only dryer cycle with no heat.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Use the automatic drying cycle instead of the timed one. Almost all newer dryers have a moisture sensor option that will automatically turn off the dryer once all moisture is disappeared. This is an effective way to dry as it consumes less energy to dry clothes.
  • Dry strategically. For example, dry all the towels together, dry all the sheets together, and then all your lightweight cotton clothes together. This is one of the best ways to use dryer efficiently. It also helps you to save a lot of power energy of machine.
  • In warm weather, give your dryer a break by choosing to air dry your clothes and towels. A clothesline or a drying rack is a great place to let your clothes to dry after washing them. Air drying not only helps in reducing energy consumption, but it also extends the life of clothes.

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