you have a gas dryer or electric dryer, there are a number of things that you
can do to keep it running longer, better, safer and cheaper. Protecting
your appliances with regular maintenance makes good sense. A major
appliance is an expensive addition to your home, and proper maintenance can extend its life. Making more efficient use of your dryer saves you energy dollars too.
dryer exhaust vent clear. Signs of a clogged dryer vent are clothes
that take a long time to dry, or dryers that aren’t heating as quickly
as they used to. Clogs happen fast, so check often. Clogged dryer vents
make dryers run longer, shortening their useful life.
items by weight. Lighter items and many synthetics need less time to
dry. By separating items, you can maximize efficiency of your
dryer while cutting down on unnecessary wear on the dryer.
Avoid overloading your dryer. Running a huge drying load makes the dryer work harder and less efficiently.
Clean the lint filter on your dryer after each use. This will maintain good air flow, which helps dry clothes faster.
dryer's exhaust duct annually. Keeping the dryer's exhaust duct free of
lint will reduce the number of clogs. It will also keep you safer.
Clogged dryer ducts are a fire hazard, so keep them clear.
your dryer efficiently. If you have a number of loads to do, don't fold
a load by pulling items out of the dryer one at a time. Instead, pull
an entire load out and reload with wet clothes while the dryer is still
hot. Fold the freshly dried clothes while the new load is drying. This
will keep the dryer from cooling down between loads and having to come
back up to temperature. Changing your routine slightly will extend the
life of the dryer and save on energy.
only the drying power you need. Don't set the dryer for 70 minutes when
50 minutes will do the job. Do some creative observation to see how
long it really takes to dry your clothes. Once you have a good idea,
choose a more precise dryer setting for each load.
using a clothesline instead of your dryer. When drying large items like
bedspreads, comforters and area rugs, use a clothesline for the bulk of
the drying. When the items are almost dry, use the dryer to fluff and
soften them for a few minutes before folding.
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