You want your washer and dryer to last as long as possible. This requires regular professional maintenance as well as daily maintenance tasks you can do. Read on to learn what you can do at home and remember to contact American Appliance Repair when you need dryer repair or maintenance.
- Clean Your Lint Screen Often You should never let lint build up in your dryer. You may know that if there is too much lint a fire can occur, but that is actually very rare. While you obviously want to avoid that chance of fire, it is also important to get rid of any small amount of extra lint that is on the screen. Why? Because even that tiny bit of lint will cause your dryer to work harder to get clothes dry. As time goes on, this can affect how well your dryer works overall.
- Do Not Put Dirty Clothing in Your Dryer If you want the inside of your dryer to stay clean then you should not put soiled clothing into it. You should also only dry clothing that is wet because it has been in the washing machine. If you have wet clothing or towels for another reason, such as spending a day at the beach, they should be washed before they are put through the dryer. This prevents dirt, sand, and other debris from clogging up your dryer.
- Wipe Down the Exterior of the Dryer While you do need to take good care of the interior of your dryer, you should also be sure to keep the exterior clean too. Wipe it down at last once a week to prevent soap from corroding it. If you don’t, soap reside can not only make your dryer dirty, but it can get onto just-watched clothing and make them dirty.
- Keep Your Dryer Vents Cleaned One of the most important aspects of maintaining your dryer is regular vent cleaning. You should do a comprehensive cleaning of your vent or duct at least every six months. There are cleaning brushes made for this exact purpose. If you do not do this, and an obstruction occurs, the amount of air that gets to the dryer will be significantly reduced. This results in wasted energy and extended drying times. Over time, this can break down your dryer and shorten its life span.
Do you need help finding the right maintenance options for your washer and dryer? Do you want to work with an experienced appliance repair company that can assist you in repairs, installation, replacement parts, and much more? Then contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 at your earliest convenience.