Dryer Lint and Vent Tune-up
How to keep your dryer drying with an overall “lint and vent” tune-up
Have you cleaned your clothes dryer lately? Gone beyond just removing and clearing the lint filter? If not, it’s due for some maintenance. Here’s how to keep your dryer drying with an overall “lint and vent” tune-up. The lint screen should be cleaned after every load. Otherwise the heated air can’t circulate properly, the dryer works too hard, clothes don’t dry quickly and it can even be a fire hazard due to overheating. So much for the lint screen.
What about the vent area and inside the cabinet? At least once a year, you should remove the big vent tube on the back and clean out any accumulated lint. Same goes for the dryer cabinet. Get inside and remove all the lint. You might be surprised at how much there is. And, remember it’s flammable! If your dryer has a plastic flex vent tube, replace it with an aluminum one for safety. (Plastic, like lint, can catch on fire.) Then put it all back together and see if it doesn’t dry better, faster and safer.