Clothes dryers are a leading cause of fires in the home, accounting for an average of 10 deaths and 310 injuries and more than $84.4 million in property damage annually (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates). A little preventative maintenance can keep your dryer in good working order.
- The easiest and most important maintenance step is to clean the lint trap after each use. Build-up in the screen or other areas can cause your dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures and possibly overheat.
-Equally as important is to ensure that the venting and ducting materials are made of rigid or flexible metal.
-Periodically hire a professional to clean the interior of the dryer and venting system. Extended drying times often signal obstructed airflow.
-Ensure that anything put in your dryer is approved and safe to place in a dryer. When in doubt, check the item’s washing instructions or consult the manufacturer’s website. Examples of such items are a foam-backed rug or clothing/fabric which might be splashed with flammable substances such as dry-cleaning solvents, spot removers, etc.