Have you ever wondered how to maintain your dryer? There was a time when I didn’t know the difference between an extension cord and a regular cord. It’s not until recently that I’ve realized that I’m no expert on clothes, and in-fact, every little detail they involved. In this guide, I’ll help you through the basics of how to take care of your dryer.
The Importance of Maintenance
A dryer is a machine that heats air and then forces it through a rotating drum filled with clothing or other items. The heat and tumbling action is what dries out the clothes and keeps them from shrinking or wrinkling. But if you don’t maintain your dryer properly, it can easily become damaged from wear and tear. A damaged dryer will not only affect how well it dries your clothes, but also how long it lasts for before breaking down completely.
Clean the Lint Filter
One of the easiest ways you can maintain your dryer is to clean the lint filter. You should do this after every load of laundry. If you notice that your clothes aren’t drying as quickly, it may be time to clean the lint filter.
Remove the Lint Filter and Clean it
You can remove the lint filter by opening up the door on top of your dryer and grabbing it with one hand while pulling it out with the other. You will find that there are many different types of lint filters, so make sure that you have grabbed the right one before attempting to remove it from your dryer.
After removing the lint filter, simply wash it in warm water with some soap or detergent and let it air dry before putting it back in place. Be sure that all pieces are completely dry before placing them back into your dryer!
Clean the Dryer Vent
A clean vent ensures that air flows freely through your house and out of the dryer vent hood. This prevents lint buildup inside the vent pipe and reduces the risk of fire. Cleaning your dryer vent once every three months will help keep everything running smoothly.
Clean exterior surfaces
Clean the exterior for your dryer to help with its maintenance. Cleaning the outside of your dryer will help keep it looking good and in great shape over time. It also helps prevent any rust from forming on the outside. When cleaning your dryer, use mild soap and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals as they may strip away some of the paint or other protective coatings that have been applied to the appliance.
Oh, wow, that really turned out great! Now that you know a bit about how your dryer works, you can more easily spot when something goes wrong and take the necessary steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. And if your dryer has some issues beyond your ability to repair on your own, don’t hesitate to contact a local appliance technician. He or she will be able to access the inner workings of your machine and identify any parts or wiring that might need updating. The expert can also help you with any other concerns or questions you may have about the appliance or its upkeep.