Don’t think your dryer needs to be maintained and cleaned regularly? Think again!
Just like your other appliances, your dryer needs to be looked after on a regular basis to make sure that it works properly for longer and also to avoid costly repairs. Keep your dryer working its best with these easy maintenance tips! If your dryer does need a repair, call our technicians at First Aid Appliance Repair. We service Calgary and the surrounding areas. We offer efficient appliance repairs at prices you can afford!
Dryer Maintenance Tips
Level: Always make sure that the dryer is leveled on the floor to prevent damage while it is in use. Simply adjust the legs of the dryer until it is level. You will probably need assistance for this in order to make sure the legs are at an even height.
Lint Filter: Clean out the dryer lint filter after every drying cycle. This reduces the risk of the dryer catching fire, and maximizes air flow in the unit so that it works better. Simply remove the filter from the dryer and use your hands to wipe the lint into the trash.
Every couple of months you should also wash your lint filter with water and a cleaning detergent. This will get rid of excess lint that you may have missed while cleaning off the filter, and get rid of unseen residues that can restrict your dryer’s airflow.
No Soiled Clothes: Don’t put soiled clothing in your dryer to avoid getting dirt and debris in your dryer that can be transferred to your clean clothes. For example, don’t put your wet beach towels in for a quick dry. It may seem like a fast way to avoid using excess water, but you’re really just putting sand and dirt in your dryer, which can damage it. Only put clothes that you have already washed into your dryer.
Exhaust Ducts: Inspect your dryer’s exhaust duct for bends, crimps and other obstructions that could prevent it from working properly. You may need professional help for this if you have little experience repairing appliances.
At least once a year you should remove the entire exhaust duct line from the dryer to outside and clean it out. Like clogged lint traps, clogged exhaust ducts are another leading cause of house fires every year.
Rubber Gaskets: Clean the rubber gaskets on your dryer with water and vinegar to keep them from getting grimey. This should also be done once a month.
Wash Your Dryer: Every month or so wipe down the exterior and interior of your dryer with a damp cloth to remove dust, grime, excess detergent and other debris. This will not only make your dryer cleaner, but also get rid of invisible debris that could be restricting the dryer’s airflow. Plus, who wants to put their just washed clothes in a dirty dryer?
Fix Scratches with Paint: You can easily touch up unsightly scratches, rust, and nicks on the exterior of your dryer with paint. Find a matching paint colour at your local department store and paint over any marks; your dryer will look brand new!