Fortunately, you can avoid all these potential problems with some preventative measures. Some precautions must be taken each time the dryer is used. The first thing to do if you have not already done so is to read the precautionary instructions included in the dryer manual.
Cleaning stepsKeep an area free from clutter around the dryer. Do not use the top of the dryer as a storage place. Allow empty space around all sides of the dryer, as well as on the back of the dryer.
Avoid using the dryer for clothes that have been exposed to volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cleaning solvents, cooking oils and stains or finishing oils. Leaking clothing from any of these products should be washed by hand before putting it back in the washing machine.
Ideally, they should also be washed more than once. In addition, it is best to hang them outside the house to air dry them naturally. If you simply need to use the dryer for these, place it on the lowest temperature. Remove the clothing immediately and place it somewhere to cool it completely before storing it.
Another important step is to remove any accumulation of fluff from the trap after each use. Although the accumulation of fluff may not be excessive, this excellent habit will prevent you from allowing the fluff to accumulate in a dangerous spot. In fact, the fluff is often transported by campers to be used as an appetizer for the fire.
Annual cleaning stepsRemove the fluff trap from the dryer. Use an accessory from a vacuum cleaner to remove all the fluff marks accumulated by the trap. Vacuum any accessible area of the fluff trap. You can also use a fluff brush to remove as much fluff as possible, but it won't be as efficient.
Vacuum the floor under the dryer and the wall behind it to remove all traces of fluff, dust and dirt. To do this correctly, you will need to remove the dryer from its position. Just pull it out enough to allow you to complete the task. Be careful if you have a gas dryer and make sure you don't break the connection. If the floor is dirty, wet it immediately and let it dry before replacing the dryer.
Carry out a visual inspection of the exhaust pipe. When inspecting and cleaning the drain line, you must unplug the dryer from the electrical outlet. Use a vacuum cleaner accessory to remove all signs of fluff buildup from the duct.
Perform a visual inspection of the exhaust hood located outside the house. For this step, you will need to turn on the dryer and then go out to look at the exhaust hood. An ideal time to do this check is still having a load of clothes in the dryer. Inspect it to make sure the flaps move properly and are not blocked by something like a nest or debris. If the flaps work properly, they will move without restriction. If the position of the hood makes it difficult for you to see the flaps, use a mirror to see what's going on. If something blocks the duct, remove it when the dryer is unplugged.
If you have no rigid conduit material, replace it. Accordion-type traps made of plastic or aluminum trap fluff more easily than a semi-rigid corrugated metal conduit. They are also more susceptible to damage such as creases and dents, which can reduce air flow and increase drying time.
If you prefer, you can hire a professional to clean the dryer for you. If you decide to do this, also have the interior of the dryer cleaned by the cleaning service.
The dryer plays an important role in the laundry routine. Proper cleaning will make it roll.