Prevent dryer issues with these simple tips
Published: January 05, 2022 Last Updated: January 19, 2022
Dryers are an important appliance to have in your home, but like all appliances, they require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Here are a few easy tips to help you keep your dryer in good shape. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your dryer runs safely and efficiently for years to come.
Clean out the lint trap after every use to prevent a fire hazard
Keep the dryer vent as clear as possible to avoid overheating and efficiency problems.
Keeping lint traps clean after every use also helps to prevent fires by removing excess lint buildup within the machine itself as well as around its venting system where it can accumulate near electrical connections.
Make sure the vent is clean and clear of any obstacles
Regularly vacuuming the entire exterior of the machine, including the venting system, will help keep it free of debris and the odd lost sock. Clearing the exterior vents will also help prevent dust from building up inside the unit which could affect performance or damage components over time due to constant overheating.
Make sure nothing is blocking air circulation around any part of the ventilation openings. If the dryer stops often for no apparent reason the appliance could be overheating triggering the safety auto shut off function, we recommend getting the dryer checked by a licenced appliance repair technician to ensure there are no underlying problems.
Balance the dryer or secure it in place to avoid damage
Another easy maintenance tip is to make sure the dryer is well balanced and securely fastened to a stable surface. If the dryer is not properly balanced or secured, it can cause damage to your laundry room floor or walls. If you have a front-loading machine that the dryer sits on, make sure that the door is closed completely before turning on the dryer. This will prevent unnecessary wear and tear of both your appliance and your home.
Investigate any strange noises
Get an appliance repair specialist to check out any unexplained noises in the dryer.
If you hear a strange noise while your dryer is running, make sure to investigate it. This could be an indication of something wrong with the machine and may require further examination from a professional before continuing use. (Or it could just be a rogue coin or stone in the load but it pays to investigate to make sure.)
Check for easily visible loose screws or anything that could be causing an issue with the machine's functionality. If you can't easily see what the issue is get an appliance repair technician to assess the dryer.
Don't overload the dryer with too much washing at once
Finally, it is important not to overload the dryer with too many clothes at one time. Overloading will cause longer cycles and can lead to overheating of your machine as well as increased energy costs in the long run. As a general rule of thumb, avoid overfilling or stacking items on top of each other while drying them because they could become tangled and damage both the appliance and load itself.
Also, keep an eye out for water leaks that may be caused by excess dampness during this process which may require repair work down the road if left unchecked.
Get help from an appliance repair professional
If your dryer is making strange noises, has stopped working, or is taking too long to dry clothes, call an appliance repair professional to inspect it.
Maintaining your dryer in good working order is important not only for the sake of safety but also to ensure that it is energy-efficient and cost-effective.
Keeping up with simple maintenance tips can help keep dryers working for years to come by preventing safety hazards as well as performance issues over time due to preventable problems that arise due to neglect or misuse.
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