Clothes Dryer Maintenance Tips
Preventive Care for Your Dryer
Caring for your dryer goes beyond simply preventing breakdowns and extending the life of the appliance – it's also important for fire prevention. Home Warranty of America would like to share a few clothes dryer maintenance tips to help you save money and make your home safer.
Lint: Your Greatest Dryer Maintenance Challenge
Lint is an inevitable byproduct of dryer use. Most homeowners already know that emptying the lint trap after every dryer cycle is important because it dramatically improves dryer efficiency and reduces fire risk. But not everyone knows that dryer lint spreads much farther than that.
Lint frequently flows through the vent pipe leading to the outdoors, and it can accumulate both inside the pipe and on the outdoor vent, so it's best to clean the pipe at least once a year. The best tool for cleaning the entire pipe is a pipe brush on a long, flexible handle, but you can often capture a lot of lint with a vacuum attachment. Clearing the outdoor vent is a simple task that requires no special tools.
Lint can also build up beneath and behind your dryer, so when you clean the vent pipe, be sure to move the dryer so you can clean these areas as well. And it's not a bad idea to open your dryer every few years to expose the motor, belt, and drum, as lint can even escape to those areas.
Additional Dryer Maintenance Tips
To prevent further dryer repair calls, lookout for the following:
- The flap on your outdoor vent. Ideally, the air pressure from your dryer will open the flap, and in the absence of that pressure, the flap will stay closed. If it sticks open, it presents a triple threat – it leaks HVAC-treated air out of your home, it presents an opportunity for pests to get in, and it reduces dryer efficiency. A sticky flap should either be lubricated or replaced.
- An off-balance dryer. You should also use a level to ensure that your dryer is level with the ground. An off-kilter dryer can cause wobbling that can prematurely wear out the belt and motor, and can even shake loose some of your dryer's hardware.
Since repairing the dryer is just a fact of life for most homeowners, protect yourself against the unexpected expense and hassle with a home warranty from HWA. With no age restrictions on your dryer, you can be covered for repairs or replacement at a fraction of the out-of-pocket price.
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