It’s important to clean the lint filter in your dryer before each and every load. But, there are also some regular and ongoing cleaning and maintenance tasks that you need to perform on the vent too. When you take good care of these parts of your dryer you will keep your home safe and extend the useful lifespan of the appliance. In this article, we will take a closer look at how you can take better care of your dryer.
If you’ve neglected dryer filter care, it’s time to give it some much needed attention to ensure that it’s in great shape. If you’ve noticed that the drying loads are taking longer, there’s probably an airflow blockage. The purpose of the filter is to trap and remove lint to prevent it from entering the exhaust vent. When lint builds up in the vent, the hot air can cause it to catch fire which is very dangerous for your home. It’s a good idea to schedule an exhaust vent check annually or at least every two years to be on the safe side.
If you have a larger or very busy home with frequent laundry requirements, you may want to check the vent every few months. The vent cap should be clear from dirt, animal nests, lawn waste, vegetation, or anything else that can prevent efficient airflow. Use the kit to clean the lint and accumulated debris with a nylon brush.
Remove the lint in the dryer filter with a vacuum cleaner attachment or a long lint brush. If you have a plastic lawn cap, consider a switch to a metal alternative to further protect your home against fire risks. The stainless steel cap covers have shutter flaps that prevent entry for vermin and pests. These vents are typically available in 4”, 5” and 6” formats.
Back inside, it’s time to clean away the lint from the other side. To stay safe, shut-off the gas, unplug the dryer, and move it away from the wall for easy access to the duct. If you’re unsure about this process, refer to the owner’s manual for your dryer. There should be clear instructions on how to clean and maintain your appliance. Check the rear of the dryer for lint building where the air is pulled into the intake and remove the debris with a brush or vacuum cleaner.
When the vent filter is free from dust, it still needs regular cleaning because dryer sheets can accumulate on the surface which reduces the airflow. Every two or three months remove the filter, wash it, dry it and replace it to promote better airflow. The filter can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand with dish soap or laundry detergent. With the filter removed, you can clean the lint trap with a vacuum extension or a lint brush. If the surface of the filter is damaged, it should be replaced to prevent dust from entering the exhaust.
If you’re unsure about cleaning your dryer filter or you need an upgrade, contact your local professional plumber today.