Clothes Dryer Maintenance Tips
By: Danny Lipford
Danny, why does it take my dryer so long to dry my clothes? -April
When a dryer takes a long time to dry your clothes, often the problem is due to a buildup of lint in the dryer lint screen or vent pipe. This not only reduces the efficiency of your dryer but can be a major fire hazard as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, dryers cause as many as 15,000 fires a year, with most resulting from dryer lint or improper venting.
To remedy the problem, check your vent pipe and the flexible hose for crimps or obstructions. Then clean it with a specially made brush, or remove the hose and clean it by hand. It’s also important to clean the dryer lint screen every time you run a load.
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