Your dryer just might be the unsung hero of your home. It dutifully chugs along, drying load after load, day in and day out. We usually don’t give our dryer a second thought—until the day it stops working altogether. The fact is, a few simple laundry tips will keep your dryer running right for years to come.
Here’s a list of seven common dryer mistakes that you should avoid.
- Forgetting to clean the lint trap.
Many people figure they’ll get around to cleaning out their lint trap at some point, but “at some point” often means never. A clogged lint trap can make the unit run less efficiently and can even be a potential fire hazard. Get in the habit of cleaning the lint trap after every load.
- Never checking the venting tube.
The venting tube runs from the back of your dryer to the outside—allowing heat to escape. While you need heat to dry your clothes, too much heat can lead to fire. A few times a year, make sure the venting tubes are clear of debris. There might be a build-up of lint, a stray sock, or pet hair. And here’s a bonus laundry tip: When you’re done checking the dryer tubes, make sure you inspect the washing machine hoses.
- Placing your dryer on uneven ground.
In order for your dryer to function properly, it must be on level ground. If you have any doubt whether the floor under your dryer is truly flat, use a level to make sure. If it’s even slightly off balance, make sure you adjust the feet of the dryer to correct it.
- Using too many dryer sheets.
There’s nothing wrong with using a dryer sheet. They soften clothes and reduce static cling. But you only need one per load. Some people may think that doubling or tripling up on dryer sheets means extra softness, but that’s not necessarily true. Extra dryer sheets can more easily get jammed in the inner-workings of your dryer and create problems. Also, make sure that you locate and discard the dryer sheet after every load.
- Using vinyl tubing.
Vinyl tubing doesn’t meet current fire codes, because it doesn’t have the flexibility of aluminum tubing. Make sure you use vent duct tubing, which is made of aluminum.
- Squeezing the unit into small spaces.
Squeezing your washer/dryer unit into a little broom closet may keep it out of sight, but dryers need a few feet of space around to allow for proper air circulation. Otherwise, the machine can overheat and stop working, or even worse, catch fire.
- Overfilling the dryer.
Don’t put too much into the dryer at one time. That’s one laundry tip we’re probably all guilty of doing. While it’s tempting to shove huge loads into the dryer to save time, it’s a big mistake. Large loads can overwork the drum, bearings, and heating elements of the dryer and cause the unit to break. Be sure to follow the owner’s manual guidelines when it comes to the maximum load capacity.
Where would we be without our dryers? There probably aren’t too many of us who want to hang clothes out on a clothesline anymore. The good news is that maintaining dryers isn’t complicated. It just takes a few common sense laundry tips to keep your dryer in tip-top shape.
If you’ve been taking great care of your dryer and it’s still not running right, then it may be time for a new unit. Stop by Reno’s Appliance to see our wide selection of dryers. We’re proud to carry top-name brands like Amana, Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.
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