No one wants to deal with the cost, hassle, and potential danger of a dryer fire yet they happen every day of the year. Keep reading to discover four of the most important steps you can take to significantly reduce the chance of your dryer catching on fire. If you need dryer repair, contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 to schedule it.
- Have Your Dryer Professionally Installed One of the most important steps to take is to ensure that your dryer is installed by appliance professionals. Doing so assures that everything is installed properly and carefully. We know how to install a variety of units, whether gas or electric, whether individual units or washer and dryer combos. We know the recommendations from various manufacturers and we know how to properly installed everything, including the vent pipe. This one-time-cost is well worth the dividends when it means a safer dryer.
- Get Service on a Regular Basis One of the most common causes of dryer fires is a dryer that is not cleaned or well maintained. You should look behind your dryer where lint can build up. Clean your dryer at least once per year and be sure to inspect the hose and vent twice each year. We suggest that you get a qualified appliance repair company to provide the deep maintenance you need. This could include cleaning the interior chassis. This reduces lint accumulation and can give you the peace of mind that your machine has been looked at by the professionals. We can also inspect your venting and exhaust system to be sure it is working correctly.
- Keep Flammable Materials Away from the Dryer When people think of dryer fires, they often assume that lint is the top cause – but it is not the only cause. Do not store cleaning products, baskets of clothes, boxes, and other flammable things. In fact, keeping clutter away from the dryer not only reduces the chance of a fire starting but helps reduce the chance that if a fire did start, it would spread.
- Clean Out Your Lint Trap Of course, the final and most important tip is to make sure that you clean your lint trap. Why? Because the most common source of ignition in dryer fires is dust and lint. When they are allowed to collect within the cavity of the dryer, they are sitting near temperature as high as 550F. This is hot enough to start a fire. Ideally, you should clean the lint screen before and after every single dryer cycle.
If you are in need of assistance with your washer and/or dryer then you will be glad to know you have a partner. Contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 and we will offer our best advice.