Prevent Dryer Breakdowns

Time: 30 Minutes

It's finally summertime, which means pool parties, rain showers, and trips to the beach. You may need to keep hydrated, but your clothes and towels don’t. So take some extra time this week to make sure your dryer is ready for all the laundry this summer will bring.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fewer repairs
  • Longer machine life
  • Improved machine efficiency
  • Fire prevention

What do you need?

  • Vinegar
  • Detergent
  • Sponge or cloth

Before we start

Check your dryer vent tubing! If the tubing is made of white vinyl, you should replace it immediately with metal ductwork. White vinyl vent tubing no longer meets the U.S. federal fire safety standards.

After you've made sure your vent is up to code, use this maintenance routine to keep your dryer running all year long.

Every load:

  1. Remove lint from the lint filter. This will maximize the efficiency of your dryer and prevent possible fires.
  2. Keep the area around your dryer free of clutter. In the event of a fire, the fewer flammable items around your dryer, the better.
  3. Don't dry dirty clothes or towels. Though it's tempting to throw wet articles in the dryer after a long day, put them in a quick wash first. This will prevent dirt from getting in the drum, and causing an eventual breakdown.
  4. Make sure someone is home throughout the machine's full cycle. It’s best to have someone 18 or older home in the event of a problem.
  5. Check your laundry for belts, rubber, plastic, or large metal materials. These can damage the tub, and have the potential to explode due to overheating.

Every couple months:

  1. Check your dryer vent for cracks or unnatural bends. If you notice any damage to the duct, replace it before your next load of laundry.
  2. Clean the drum and gaskets with a mixture of water and vinegar. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the areas, and let it air dry before using again.
  3. Clean your lint filter. Mix a dime sized amount of detergent with a cup of water, and use a cloth or sponge to gently wipe the filter down. If you notice any tears in the filter, replace it before your next load of laundry.
  4. Check the area around the outdoor dryer vent cap. Remove any obstructions like leaves and overgrown plants to ensure proper airflow.
  5. Monitor the amount of time it takes a typical load of laundry to dry. If clothes are taking longer than usual to dry, lint is likely clogging your dryer vent.
  6. Make sure your dryer is level. If it's shaking or rattling, get it fixed before you cause permanent damage to the door, lid, tub, and rubber door seal.

Every year:

  1. Clean out your dryer vent. The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is a failure to clean them. Thousands of vent fires happen every year, costing homeowners $10,000 on average! You can buy a long cleaning brush if you’re the DIY type, or hire a pro through our concierge.
  2. Inspect the outside of your machine for any cracks or chips. You can touch up these areas with a bit of paint to prevent machine rust.

Ready to schedule your annual dryer vent cleaning? Give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a Pro ASAP.

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