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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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  • S. Commons Says:
    January 5th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    My dryer vent on my 1978 home seams to have a clog. I have used a long 6″ dryer brush to remove lint from the outside dryer vent and the hole vent in the floor where the dryer is located. The 6 foot long dryer vent brush only goes in about 3 feet. I can’t get rid of the lint clog. Should I try using a drain auger to unclog the dryer piping? The dryer is about 18 feet from the outside vent. The venting pipe runs over a finiahed area of my garage. I really do not want to tear out the finished textured drywall in my garage to clear out this lint clog. Help!!

  • Roy Pierson Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    My lint catcher is inside of my dryer..Lint builds up under it..How do you get something down there to clear it out?

  • Ron Says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Hello, I have a Kenmore 70 series dryer that does not heat and it does not shut off when the timer expires. can you give me some advise? Thx

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Clothes Dryer Maintenance Tips