One of the main problems with dryers is their rapid clogging with a man or their slower drying, which is due to problems in the dryer itself. It is very important to clean the dryer and actually how often it is cleaned and whether it is cleaned really well. 

Few people know how a dryer should be cleaned and that it really needs to be cleaned so that there are no problems. And here’s one way to clean your dryer well, even at home. 

Cut power to the appliance

The first and most important step is to cut power to the dryer. You don’t want to do any work on the vent while the appliance is drawing electricity. So, the simplest and safest way to cut power is to unplug the unit. 

Detach the vent hose from the wall. Pull the dryer out from the wall as far as your vent hose will allow, then use a screwdriver to loosen and unscrew the clamps that keep the dryer vent hose attached to the wall. Remove and vacuum the hose carefully. 

Next, detach the vent hose from your dryer. Once you have done so, proceed to using the crevice attachment of your vacuum cleaner to suction out lint from the hose. Work from both ends of the hose until all the lint and debris have been suctioned out. 

Be gentle, you don’t want to damage the hose. If you encounter serious buildup in the middle of the hose, you may need to snake it out. A wire hanger works fine for this, but be careful not to scratch the sides, as that could cause a leak in the hose. 

Regular Dryer Vent Maintenance

It’s important to clean your dryer vent at least once a year. If the buildup is so great that you can’t break through the lint, hire a professional or invest in a dryer vent cleaning kit. 

A thorough yearly cleaning isn’t quite enough, however. It takes regular maintenance to help keep your dryer vent clear and safe.

Limit the number of dryer sheets you use

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets can clog your dryer’s lint filter and leave behind small amounts of potentially flammable chemicals that can accumulate over time.

Hang heavy bedding outside to dry

Duvets, bedspreads, and other heavy linens require much more heat and drying time than the average load, and this translates into more lint. Clean the lint trap after every use. 

You can usually remove the lint with your hands, but from time to time you should rinse off the screen and vacuum out the compartment that holds it. 

Remember: If the lint trap is full, the lint has nowhere to go but onto your clothes or out into the vent! In addition to cleaning the outside vent regularly, it is important to maintain an unblocked flow of air into and out of the vent. 

You should follow these tips: 

  • Do not plant large, dense shrubs in front of the outside dryer vent. 
  • Do not allow yard debris to block the vent.
  • Do not allow snow to pile up in front of the vent. 

The hot air exhausted from the vent may temporarily melt the snow but it will refreeze and cause more problems. As you know, clothes dryers operate by extracting moisture from clothes through heat and tumbling action. 

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