How to Properly Maintain Your Dryer at Home

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The household dryer is one of the most useful appliances in the entire home. Not only does it dry and fluff every load of home laundry, but it also warms towels and quick-presses your dress clothes. Dryers can work wonders if you know how to use them. And the same is true for dryer maintenance. If you know you to keep your dryer in good condition, it can live longer, use less electricity, and dry your clothes more efficiently.

Clean the Exhaust Duct

The exhaust duct is located behind your dryer and it vents the moist air from wet clothes outside. However, the process is not all air. Lint from the clothes can also go through the duct and can eventually build up into a blockage. By cleaning your duct ever few months, you can improve your dryer’s efficiency and quality of drying. 

Level the Dryer Feet

If your dryer shakes, twist the feet. This will change its height. Use your control of the feet to adjust the dryer’s height until the top is level. This will eliminate the shake and increase the lifespan of your dryer.

Fluff Clothes 2 Minutes Before Folding

If you tend to keep the dryer running until you’re ready to fold, wait. instead, only start re-start the dryer two minutes before you’re ready to fold. This will have the clothing or towels hot and fluffy without running your dryer for a full cycle.

Empty the Lint Trap Every Time

The lint trap is also part of the ventilation of your dryer. Lint caught in the hot air will mostly catch on the mesh filter while air moves through the clothes. However, if your lint trap is fully clogged then fresh air can’t come into your dryer. Remember to clear your lint trap every single time.

Don’t Overload the Dryer

Oversized dryer loads are a very common problem in busy households. However, overfull dryers actually take longer to get dry than properly separating out loads. Always make sure there’s plenty of room (1/2 dryer or more) so that there’s space to tumble and actually become dry in the open air.

Use the Right Dryer Settings

Your choice of dryer settings can also influence both the good repair and the drying time of your dryer. It may be easier to set a single dryer setting and use it for everything, but it’s better to think about the correct settings for each load of laundry. The less heat you use, the less electricity your dryer will need. And choosing the right settings can help your dryer fully dry clothes during the first round of drying.

Keep the Drum Clear (Check Pockets)

Carefully maintain the drum of your dryer, keeping it clear of obstacles and dangerous items. If you hear strange noises every time the dryer runs, check the drum. If the dryer shows signs of misalignment, check the feet and the drum.

When you’re loading clothes, be careful about items in the pockets. Anything hard or hazardous in the pockets can tumble out of those pockets and put your dryer at risk. Pocket change is among the worst because it can get caught in the mechanisms.

Double-Check Your Circuit

Dryers need a lot of electricity to run, but only when they’re heating and running. To do this, your dryer needs a stronger household circuit than usual. Check your dryer’s power stats and make sure the dryer outlet’s circuit and breaker box are up to the job.

Wipe Down Your Dryer

Finally, keep your dryer clean. You might be surprised just how many repairs regular cleaning can avoid. Wipe down the inside and outside, the door pocket and the control panel. This can eliminate repairs caused by lost lint or dripped detergent for your dryer

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