Whether 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.
Keep your 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.
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Separate 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.
Clean your 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.
Use 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.
Use 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.
Consider 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.