Homeowner Tips: Maintenance of Your Clothes Dryer

Home Improvement

You depend on it to dry your clothes, remove wrinkles, freshen up your duds.  But, do you maintain your dryer on a regular basis?

One of the easiest things to do is cleaning out that lint filter after every load of laundry.  This is very important for several reasons:

1.      Keeping the lint screen clean will improve and shorten drying time.

2.      You can save money on electricity or gas usage with optimized efficiency.

3.      Rest assured that you have prevented any potential fire hazards by keeping that flammable lint under control.

One easy way to deep clean your lint filter is to occasionally use a vacuum cleaner attachment to reach down into the compartment, and even to get into the nooks and crannies of the lint screen that might have lingering pieces hiding within.

In addition, pick up a stiff bristled circular brush with a flexible handle from your local hardware store and clean the dryer’s exhaust duct to prevent fire hazard from any build-up inside.  It is recommended that you do this at least twice a year.  If you use your dryer very heavily you might even consider doing this on a monthly basis.

Consider purchasing a service plan from your local service provider to keep your appliance in tip-top shape.  They might even have a plan that includes duct cleaning to keep that maintained for you.

Keep these simple tips in mind to have a worry-free, safe clothes dryer that will serve you faithfully for many years to come.