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Dryer Maintenance Tips

We've all heard or read to clean our dryer's lint filter after each load, but often ignore to do so. Today, Varouj Appliances is going to explain why it's important to follow those instructions, how often to do so, and other tips to keep your dryer running at it's best.

Why Clean a Dryer's Lint Filter?

When clothes tumble around in the dryer, the friction and heat cause shedding of fibers/fabrics, and the lint screen catches many of the fibers to prevent obstruction of the dryer vent hose. Here's why it's important to clean the screen:

⦁ Increase the lifespan of your dryer. When you take pressure off a machine, you decrease overall wear and tear, which reduces emergency repairs and helps the appliance last longer

⦁ To keep your energy bills down. When the screen is clogged, the dryer needs to work harder to perform its task, causing your energy bills to increase. Cleaning the screen allows more air flow for efficient operation.

⦁ Faster operation: Proper airflow is essential to drying your clothes in a single cycle. If you notice the need to continually add time to each cycle, check the filter.

⦁ Fire Safety: Dryers often operate at very high temperatures, and lint is highly flammable.

How Often Should You Clean a Lint Filter?

As often as recommended by manufacturer, which 99.9 % of the time, is after every load. Make it a habit to removing lint from the screen, either before or after each cycle. Most new dryers automatically remind you to check the lint filter before starting up.

Locating Your Dryer Lint Trap

Lint traps can be found in different areas, depending on the dryer. Most have easily accessible lint traps, but some are hidden from view. Here are some possible places to check for the lint screen on your new dryer:

⦁ Just inside the door: Open the dryer's door and peek inside, If the lint trap is located here, you should see a small raised handle, which you can pull up on and remove the lint trap from the slot.

⦁ On the dryer’s back wall: Take a look at the back wall, if there's an oblong cutout with holes in it, insert a finger and thumb into the holes and pull the lint trap from the wall. You’ll need to squeeze the sides to open it so you can clean out the lint.

⦁ On the top right corner of the dryer: Check the top of the dryer near where the controls are located. You may see a handle you can pull on to remove the lint screen from its channel.

Cleaning Softener Residue from a Lint Screen

If dryer sheets and fabric softener have gunked up your lint screen, soak them in hot water and de-greaser. Gently scrub the screen with a soft brush, rinse, and air dry before reinserting it into the slot.

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