Oscar Castillo
"Residential" Real Estate

It’s not COOL to let your clothes dryer to heat up

Posted By Oscar Castillo @ Oct 23rd 2016 10:00am In: All San Diego CA Real Estate

Dirty lint filters can cause dryer fires - Oscar Castillo: Broker Associate (858) 775-1057

One of the easiest ways to keep your dryer running efficiently and not overheating it is to clean out its lint trap and screen plus the vent periodically. (Lint is the common name for visible accumulations of textile fibers and other materials, usually found in all clothes and in those fresh smelling fabric softener dryer sheets).

Over time lint will build up in these areas and prevent your dryer’s “air flow” from moving around in the most efficient manner. If this cleaning is not done periodically, this will cause your dryer to work harder, heat up, use more energy and possibly start a fire. (Appliance repair technicians usually recommend cleaning the lint screen after and/or before each load of laundry).

How does one clean the dryer’s lint trap and screen plus the vent?

Depending on the design of your dryer the lint trap and screen will either be on the top of the dryer or located just inside the dryer door (see photo above)

(1) Remove the lint screen from the lint trap. Simply grab the end of the screen and give it a gentle pull. The screen should lift out fully from the dryer. Then and there you will see the accumulation of lint (see photo, above).

Next: The Lint Vent

Depending on the design of your dryer, the vent will most likely be located on the back of the unit. Most often it is a coiled flexible aluminum tubing.

(2) Remove the dryers vent from the wall. Typically, there is a metal ring clamp that attaches this tubing to the dryer and to the wall. Once you have loosened the clamp, the tubing should simply slide out of its place from the vent pipe protruding out from the wall. Do the same for the tubing attached on the dryer/appliance at back-end…. objective is for the aluminum tubing to come completely free of the wall and of the dryer.

Blow, vacuum or shake the lint out from the tubing (I would do this outside of the house in an open area)….. Next is putting all back together. Note: The aluminum coiled vent tubing does not have to be cleaned out as often as the lint trap and screen (A good resource for this is your appliance repair service technician, they will most likely suggest the coiled tube cleaning to be done about once every 6-months).

COOL - Your clothes dryer should now be running more cool and efficient now plus you have done your share in “helping to stop dryer fires” !

 Oscar Castillo :  Broker Associate - Coldwell Banker

(858) 775-1057



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