As a dryer is an expensive major appliance, it is important to know how to take care of it, in order to keep it running efficiently for many years. Replacing a dryer is not a whole of fun, and it usually entails buying a new washing machine as well. There are a few simple things you can do to keep major appliances such as your dryer working without problems year after year. You must be careful what you put in the dryer, keep the lint trap clean, and keep the airflow passages such as the dryer vent from obstruction. If you do all of these things, nothing other than a faulty part or a power outage will keep your dryer from working the way it needs to.
First and foremost it is a bad idea to put the following objects in a dryer: Firearms, Pets, Children, or anything flammable. A dryer is designed to dry fabric, so unless your dog is made of cotton, he will not find the dryer to be a fun experience, and you really do not want to have to clean up dog sick from the inside of your dryer. If you haven’t checked all of the pockets of your clothing before you wash them, then it is very important to do so before you dry them. A book of matches in a dryer is a recipe for disaster, so make sure you are very careful about what goes into your dryer.
With any major appliance that involves heat, it is very important that you do not neglect keeping it clean. In the case of a dryer, it is very important to make sure that the lint trap is cleaned after every use. Too much lint in the lint trap, can cause a fire. Burning down your house is probably not on the list of top ten things you would like to experience. Make sure that the trap and the area around the trap are clean, and you should not have to stand guard by dryer while it works with a fire extinguisher. You probably do not want to have to replace clothes that have been charred either.
The dryer vent is also a place where potential problems can occur. This area behind the dryer that releases the warm air outdoors, needs to be cleaned occasionally. Letting lint, dryer sheets, and miscellaneous other forms of dryer waste build up in there is definitely a fire hazard. You can clean it by moving your dryer away from the wall, detaching the vent, and cleaning it out. It is not complicated, and it can really save you some money if you do it often enough. A dirty or clogged dryer vent, also effects the efficiency of the dryer, so making sure it is clean is a great way to get the most out of your dryer.
Every major appliance is an investment in the comfort and cleanliness of your family. It is really important to make sure you take care of the machine so that it functions to the best of its ability. In these economic times, money is tight. A great way to keep from spending extra money, is by taking care of the appliances that you already have in your home instead of replacing them because of improper maintenance. Keep an eye on what goes in the dryer, make sure you clean the lint trap, and once every few months, make sure that dryer vent is clear of any obstructions.