Common Dryer Problems
BetterVenting has assembled some tips to help you pinpoint the problem with your dryer. It’s necessary to understand the problem at hand so that you’ll know what’s involved, how to go about fixing it and have a better idea of how long it will take.
Bursting at the seams
Imagine coming home to water-covered floors. The main cause of washing machine hose failure is the material. Traditional rubber hoses fail over time as they lose their flexibility, which then introduces cracks, bubbling, and in time, leads to bursting.
Clogged vents and duct cleaning
A dryer exhaust duct that is clogged with lint not only affects the performance of the dryer, it also creates the perfect environment for a dryer fire. Ducts that are bent, crimped, crushed or twisted in any fashion tend to collect more lint than straight ducts. The lint builds up over time and other factors, such as sticky residue from dryer sheets, condensation, critters living inside the ductwork, and how often the lint trap is cleaned, all contribute to restricting the airflow in the dryer exhaust duct.
5 tips to reduce the risk of home fires
Every day in the U.S. there are approximately 1,000 home fires. Here are five tips to reduce the risk and keep your family safe:
Things that should never be placed in the dryer
Clothes dryers are convenient appliances to dry loads of laundry. With this convenience comes some inconvenience, limiting what can and cannot safely be placed into a dryer.
Dryer sheets might smell nice, but environmentalists say we should skip this step in the laundry process. Chemicals used to make them are released into your clothing from the heat of the dryer.
Keeping the dryer exhaust system top of mind
When it comes to clothes dryers, one may not think there is much to it other than having this valuable appliance that gets the laundry warm and dry in far less time than air-drying would. Cleaning the lint tray following each load is not enough.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even though your dryer exhaust duct might be cleaned on an annual basis, it can still accumulate enough lint to hinder the dryer's performance.
Tips to prevent a dryer fire
It’s important to clean the lint filter prior to each use of the dryer. Adding this step to your laundry routine will aid in the prevention of lint buildup up in the dryer exhaust system, and down the road, a possible dryer fire.