Annual Dryer Maintenance is a MUST. Build up of lint in your dryer vent or trap is flammable and can set fire by the heating element in the dryer or by a spark from the motor or switch.
Put this on your ANNUAL August calendar:
Clean lint build-up from vent system. Here is a quick "How To:"
Look at the back of your dryer. There is a 4-5 inch round pipe that goes from your driyer through the wall of your house to the outside. Outside there is a "flap vent" that swings open automatically from air pressure when the dryer is running, then closes when the dryer shuts off. The entire piping and flap vent should be inspected and cleaned of lint or any obstructions. Seal any hose joints with duct tape.
Clean behind and underneath dryer. Moisture, dirt, and lint tend to accumulate behind and underneath your dryer. Pull the dryer out from the wall and wipe these areas with a damp rag.
Scrub the lint trap. Chemical fabric softeners often clog the small holes in lint traps. Remove the lint trap and scrub it with a soft bristle brush and mild soap or detergent. This is in addition to your removing lint from the trap after each and every load.
- Clean and inspect burner (gas models). For dryers that heat with natural gas or propane, the burner should be cleaned and inspected according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Not only will these maintenance tips help prevent fire, they will also prolong the life of your dryer.
The above steps should be done in addition to daily cleaning of the Lint trap. And should be done more offten depending on how much use your dryer gets.
Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Property Consultant) has also contrbuted some great tips for regular maintenace in the comments section of this blog.
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