While your dryer is a handy tool that makes your busy life a tiny bit easier, it can also become a hazard when it is not properly maintained. Unfortunately, a build-up of lint combined with the high heat generated by the machine creates the perfect environment for a fire to break out. Luckily, following the dryer maintenence procedures supplied below can help eliminate the risk of a fire igniting in your appliance.
A few common signs that indicate your dryer is suffering from a high accumulation of lint and is a fire hazard are damp clothes at the end of a cycle, slower than normal drying times, and high humidity levels in your laundry room while your appliance is running. While all of these situations indicate a clogged vent, the biggest and most concerning sign is clothing coming out of your dryer smelling like smoke. If this occurs, you should immediately call your local dryer repair company.
You've probably heard it a million times, but we'll take this opportunity to repeat it once more, cleaning your lint screen after every dryer load is essential to stopping a fire. When you do not perform this simple task, the airflow in your appliance becomes restricted, which leads to it overheating. A dirty screen also causes large amounts of lint to gather in your dryer's vent which can result in a blockage and a fire. While merely removing the lint from the screen can help, you should also give it a deep cleaning by soaking the screen in warm soapy water for 15 minutes and then rinsing it off. Performing this task once every two months will get rid of the dirt and fabric softener residue that can obstruct the airflow of your lint screen.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
You can either choose to clean your vent tubing yourself or you can hire a professional to complete the job. If you decide to perform the task yourself, buying a specially made dryer brush will allow you to easily clear out the entire tube with little to no hassle. However, a professional will most likely do a more thorough job, which usually includes opening your dryer's cabinet to remove the lint from every inch of the interior. A full lint cleaning should be performed once a year to reduce the likelihood of your dryer catching fire.
Dryer Mistakes That Can Lead to a Fire
If you've spilled cooking oil, grease, or gasoline on a piece of clothing, be sure to wash the item twice before placing it in your dryer. Unfortunately, a single wash may not get the entire stain out and the above substances are highly flammable under high heat.
Piling boxes and other objects around your appliance is not a wise choice. Your dryer needs air to breathe and too much clutter can suffocate the machine causing it to overheat.
If you're concerned your dryer is a fire hazard due to its age and its overall performance, we have a large inventory of dryers and washers.